When it comes toÃ‚Â smear tests, I always make sure I get checked regularly. When Isabelle was tiny, I had a positive smear test once and the not knowing if it was cancer or not was very stressful. Luckily a week or so later I got all clear, and the following 2 years I had a test done every 6 months.
I understand it can be tricky for some people to attend a GP, and having a smear test is not one of the most comfortable things, but I would never risk my life if having the test could save my life.
Today I have some great news for you ladies who are not keen on having tests at your GPs. I am presenting you GynaeCheck, a revolutionary test to detect cervical cancer risk will offer women a comfortable and private alternative to smear tests. ItÃ‚Â has been expertly developed by gynaecologists and is a self-sampling device which detects the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), the cause of 99.7% of cervical cancers.
Using a vaginal lavage technique*, the device collects a fluid sample from the cervix which is then sent to a laboratory to be tested for the high risk strains of HPV known to lead to cervical cancer.
GynaeCheck was very simple to use and it took only three seconds to collect a sample of cervical cells. As no training is required, the self-sampler eliminates the need to book a doctorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s appointment or attend a surgery. GynaeCheck is delivered via post in discreet packaging and the sample is returned via a pre-paid envelope with test results expected within 10 days.
Each year in the UK, 3,100 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, but the disease is largely treatable if caught early. The GynaeCheck detects the presence of HPV and therefore the women at a higher risk of developing cervical cancer.
Those who test positive will receive advice on the next steps, directing them to a GP or gynaecologist. Women should note a positive HPV result does not mean they have cervical cancer, but HPV presence puts them at a slightly higher risk so they should see a healthcare professional for a further cytology test. Those with a negative test are advised to screen again with GynaeCheck in two yearsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ time.
In line with the national screening programme, the device is available to women aged 25 and can be ordered online.Ã‚Â To launch Target100,000 campaign GynaeHealthÃ‚Â are offering GynaeCheck at a reduced rate of Ã‚Â£99 for the entire month of September as part of Gynaecologic Cancer Awareness Month.Ã‚Â
Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under the age of 35 and approximately 3,100 women are diagnosed in the UK every year. Despite a nationwide cervical cancer screening programme that has been in place since the 1980s, only 66% of younger women and 80% of older women attend screening. If cervical cancer is diagnosed in the early stages, up to 90% of women under 40 will survive which is why early detection is so important.
As cervical cancer is often a slow disease process, it can be detected and very successfully treated in the pre-cancerous stages. If a woman attends for regular screening then cancer is very unlikely to develop, as pre-cancerous changes can be treated in a very timely manner.
For the latest giveaway I have teamed up with GynaeHealth who are offering a GynaeCheck worth Ã‚Â£129 to one lucky All Baby Advice reader. If you would like to enter, please follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below.
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