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May, 2020

We know embarrassment causes missed smear test appointments, but it’s time to hang up your hang-ups and seize lockdown as an opportunity to take control of your own cervical cancer check.

Cervical cancer is 100% preventable if you attend regular screening for the human papillomavirus (HPV) . One of the highest risks of dying from cervical cancer, is to miss participating in screening, which is extremely successful for early detection.  However, the NHS cervical screening programme in the UK is currently paused.

Check4Cancer’s HPV screening test is still available, and you can carry out the test without having to leave your home.

No need for embarrassment, no need for delay, lots of need for action.

So, stop Googling aimlessly or sitting in online supermarket queues, and start to take control of your own cancer screening – three simple steps will deliver your results in just one week.

Don’t wait for lockdown to lift:

Order your test today GynaeCheck test kit will be delivered to your door Conduct the 5 minute test and return your sample to our laboratory by freepost Receive your results within one week

There is no telling when NHS cervical cancer screening services will resume. From 2018-2019, a whopping 3.43 million women accepted the invitation for HPV screening, which indicates that approximately 857,000 women will have missed their smear test in three months of lockdown. Catching up on this backlog will be an enormous task.

HPV is responsible for 99.7% of all cervical cancers. With an at-home HPV test, approximately 10% of those tested will test positive for HPV and proceed to a traditional smear test. This means that the vast majority of women who self-test in the privacy and comfort of their own home, can avoid visiting the GP or hospital altogether.

Taking your own sample is as effective as a clinician doing it1 for you, so if you’re one of the women who shies-away from booking an appointment in-clinic, now is the time to book yourself a GynaeCheck, HPV test at home.

We hope that in the future, NHS cervical cancer screening will extend to testing at home as it’s a far more convenient, private, and efficient way to screen all women over 25 years old who should have regular HPV testing high on their health checking priority list.

Don’t wait for lockdown to lift, order your GynaeCheck, HPV test today. 


1. Arbyn M, Smith SB, Temin S et al. Detecting cervical precancer and reaching underscreened women by using HPV testing on self samples: updated meta-analyses. BMJ 2018; 363: k4823.

June, 2019

Cervical cancer is nearly always preventable. HPV (Human papillomavirus) is a sexually transmitted virus that is extremely common - with four in five people exposed to the virus at some point in their lives. It is also the leading cause of cervical cancer in women, with 99.7% of cervical cancers being caused by HPV. The use of vaccination can prevent approximately 70% of all cervical cancer, while regular cervical screening can prevent nearly all cervical cancers by detecting any abnormal cells at an early stage before the cells turn cancerous.

You can find out more in Professor Gordon Wishart's article on LinkedIn via the link below:

April, 2019

At-home tests could be sent in the post, with the hope that they'll increase the falling numbers of women having cervical cancer screenings.

Interesting article in The Independent and highlighting GynaeHealth UK for our GynaeCheck at-home testing kits.

The Independent

February, 2019

Cervical cancer is caused by persistent HPV infection in a small proportion of women that causes the cervical cells to turn cancerous over many years. GynaeCheck is a simple at-home test for HPV for women aged 25+ available from Check4Cancer. Read this great article that dispells some of the myths and taboos about HPV infection.

November, 2018

A recent US study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology has confirmed the prevalence of high-risk HPV types detected by self-collected cervical swab kits was not different to that detected by clinicians during pelvic examination. Furthermore, all patients found to have a high-grade cervical cancer had a HPV-positive self-collection result. This study confirms the contribution that home testing for HPV can can make to cervical cancer screening, and supports the GynaeCheck screening programme pioneered by Check4Cancer in the UK during the last 4 years. Read the study here.

May, 2018

Check4Cancer is delighted to announce the appointment of Louise Mills as Director of Clinical Services.

Louise will operate across the wide range of Check4Cancer’s clinical services, helping to maintain standards of clinical excellence and patient-focused care. She brings to the team a wealth of experience in senior nursing and clinical management roles, having previously worked for BUPA, HCA International Ltd and Genesis Care. 

Professor Gordon Wishart, founder and Chief Medical Officer of Check4Cancer, said, “Louise’s appointment will strengthen our clinical leadership team, and improve our delivery of high quality early cancer detection services for the private, insured and corporate sectors. Securing a candidate of such high calibre to this senior clinical role illustrates our commitment to deliver clinical excellence as we improve cancer diagnostics in the private sector ”. 

Louise Mills commented, “Check4Cancer is taking significant steps towards meeting the unmet need for private early cancer detection in the UK. Its ambition to improve clinical governance by providing protocol-driven diagnostic protocols for breast and skin cancer that can be audited greatly attracted me to this role, and I look forward to joining such an innovative and ambitious team”.

July, 2016

Great strides have been made in the detection and treatment of cervical cancer since the national Cervical Screening Programme in 1988, with an estimated 100,000 lives having been saved by 2012. Now, our understanding of the connection with a sexually acquired virus is helping to make cervical cancer an almost entirely preventable disease.

Jullien Brady – Clinical Advisor for GynaeCheck (part of Check4Cancer group of companies) – is also a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Bedford Hospital, with extensive experience in the UK cervical screening programme. He explains: “Cervical cancer is effectively a sexually transmitted disease. We now know that almost all cases are caused by exposure to certain strains of human papillomavirus, or HPV.

July, 2016

A “superior” test for cervical cancer is now being offered to millions of women following a successful pilot programme in the UK.

The test, which targets HPV (human papilloma virus), is being rolled out in surgeries and clinics and should be available nationwide within two years.

July, 2016

Mr Jullien Brady, Clinical Advisor for GynaeHealth UK (part of Check4Cancer group of companies)  talks about screening for cervical cancer, why it's important, what it entails, how to get over 'nerves' of having the test and alternative screening options - GynaeCheck

Eliza Flynn shares her story about how she found out she had abnormal cells after a smear test.

June, 2016

13-19 June 2016 is Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, and amongst the many activities organised to help raise awareness, GynaeHealth UK are hosting ‘Ask an expert’ webinar with Mr Jullien Brady, Consultant Gynaecologist on Monday, 20th June at 13.00-13.15. During the 10-15min session, Mr Brady will answer key questions about cervical cancer, cervical screening, HPV tests and treatment options.

June, 2016

To mark Cervical Cancer Awareness Week – a UK-wide initiative led by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust – Mr Jullien Brady, Clinical Advisor for GynaeHealth UK (part of Check4Cancer group of companies), answers some key questions about cervical cancer, detection and treatment.

April, 2016

Vaginal Bleeding

Mr Jullien Brady, Clinical Advisor for GynaeHealth UK says...

March, 2016

Our vaginas give us pleasure, allow us to have children, go through menstruation once a month and then, eventually, menopause. We shave them, wrap them up in trousers and tights and, if we’re really brave, subject them to a thong.

Which makes it even more important to pay special attention to day to day hygiene when it comes to this female area. It’s our most sensitive organ, after all.

February, 2016

Real People Magazine review the tests you can do yourself, with comments from medical professionals.

GynaeCheck, £129 tests for HPV (human papilloma virus) which causes 99.7per cent of cervical cancers. You use a wand to collect sample from your cervix, then post the sample to the lab.

February, 2016

2015 proved a turbulent year for national and international politics – but the news that dominated the New Year was cancer, with musicians Lemmy and David Bowie and actor Alan Rickman all dying of the disease within days of each other.

“These deaths occurring so close together were widely regarded as a tragic coincidence,” says Gordon Wishart, Professor of Cancer Surgery and Medical Director of Check4Cancer. “Unfortunately they are indicative of general trends, and we are likely to see this more often. Celebrity cases can help focus attention on efforts to combat the disease, but the important message we need to get across is that cancer affects us all. One in two people born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime, so if it is not us, it will be someone we know.”

February, 2016

It’s responsible for most cases of cervical cancer.

Yet a new survey has found that half of women in Leeds have no idea what human papillomavirus, or HPV, is.

Research by GynaeHealth UK, a self-screening tool for the virus, revealed that 14 per cent of women in Leeds thought it was an acronym for ventilation and another 14 per cent thought it was the term for a legal high.

In fact certain strains of the virus are responsible for 99.7 per cent of cervical cancers, which can develop years after being infected.

Read more: Knowledge gap in Leeds over virus causing cancer

February, 2016

Recently I was asked if I’d write something about Cervical Cancer Prevention Week which ended on Saturday. “Did it?” You may be thinking. I didn’t realise there was such a thing either.

Along with Jo’s Trust and GynaeCheck, Target 100,000 are trying to raise awareness amongst those of us aged 40 and over about the importance of continuing with regular cervical screening.

I’ll admit I thought twice as I don’t often write about quite such private areas of my life but one line in the request made me have that second thought…

‘We certainly don’t want women to see GynaeCheck as a replacement for cervical screening, but as something that can work for women who can’t get an appointment, are embarrassed…etc.’

Read more: GynaeCheck Yourselves, Ladies

January, 2016

Recommendations published by the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) in January 2016 include switching the NHS Cervical Screening Programme to HPV testing as the primary screening method for cervical cancer.

Currently, the NHS Cervical Screening Programme uses cytology testing to look for abnormal cells that could be the first sign of cancer. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) testing is used as a secondary measure in women needing further investigation. However, evidence suggests that screening for HPV first will be a more effective way to let women know whether they are at risk of developing cervical cancer.

January, 2016

What is potentially worrying is that almost 4 million women are not taking up the offer of a free NHS test and statistics released by the NHS in December 2015 show the sharpest decline was among the 40-54 age bracket.

Negative experiences prevent women from having a regular cervical smear test. According to research from GynaeHealth UK pain and embarrassment were cited as the biggest reasons for avoiding a smear test.  Seventy per cent of respondents in the research said it was uncomfortable and one in 10 described the experience as traumatic.

GynaeCheck is a new DIY HPV detection test from GynaeHealth UK that can be done in a matter of seconds and in the privacy of your own home.

Read more: Over 40, menopausal or post menopause you still need a smear test!

January, 2016

GynaeHealthUK’s statistics, shared with Refinery29, show that 30% of women aged 25-39 find the overall experience of a smear test painful.

A combination of factors – on top of fear of pain – put women off of pursuing medical advice.

Cervical cancer, in 99.9% of cases, is caused by HPV, an infection that most people – men and women – will contract at some point in their lives, via sexual contact.

Read more: Why Aren't More Women Getting Smear Tests?

January, 2016

Women in their forties are putting their health at risk by thinking cancer is a young disease, new research has warned.

One in five new cervical cancer cases are diagnosed in women in their sixties, but those aged 40-64 still know very little about the disease and its causes - and this perceived knowledge gap could be putting women’s health at risk.

NHS statistics released in December 2015 revealed the largest decline in attendance at cervical screening was amongst women aged 40-54. According to the new GynaeHealth UK research, pain and embarrassment were the main barriers to smear tests.

Leading UK gynaecologist, Jullien Brady, said: “Social changes such as higher divorce rates, new relationships and a more liberal attitude to sex mean women over 40 are being exposed to the HPV virus more than ever.

Read more: Older women’s shocking lack of knowledge on cervical cancer is putting lives at risk

January, 2016

LAUREN PopeCharlotte Crosby and Kara Tointon have done the unthinkable over on Twitter and Instagram.

Taking a selfie, the girls – who also include Patsy Palmer and Lacey Turner – are capturing themselves not looking so make-up perfect as they're committing one of the ultimate beauty sins.

Cara Delevingne and Ferne McCann have also joined the worthwhile cause and REALLY went for it when it comes to smudging their fave hues.

According to latest stats, 1 in 4 women in the UK are still not attending their cervical screenings which has a direct impact on survival rate.

January, 2016

- New research reveals 40 somethings are ignoring a virus as they wrongly think cervical cancer is a young women’s disease 

- Knowledge gap amongst women in their 40s could be putting their health at risk 

One in five new cervical cancer cases are diagnosed in women in their 60s, but new research[ii] still shun screening of one of the only preventable cancers.

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the cause of around 99.7% of cervical cancers and increased exposure to high-risk strains of the virus (HR-HPV) in 40-something women means cases in the 60+ age group are on the rise. The virus can take 10 or more years to present as cervical abnormalities.

January, 2016

We are delighted to announce that the GynaeHealth UK (part of Check4Cancer Ltd. group of companies) Customer Service opening times have been extended to offer better service for all clients.

We will now be open from 08.00 to 20.00 (UK time) Monday to Friday and from 09.00 to 12.00 (UK time) on Saturdays.

January, 2016

With Cervical Cancer Prevention Week taking place from the 25th to the 30th of January, we asked a leading gynaecologist to shed light on the facts that every woman of every age needs to know.

With cervical cancer being the most common cancer in women under the age of 35, it’s understandable that many people would assume that it’s a disease that only affects the young. However, this is sadly no longer the case, with new research revealing a noticeable increase in those diagnosed with the disease in the over 40 age bracket. Due to this common misconception, it means that early detection of one of the only preventable cancers is being unnecessarily delayed.

HPV is very common, with most sexually active people contracting the virus at some point in their lives. The vast majority of the time, the virus infection is cleared by the body with no effects. However, it has little or no symptoms at all. The only way to pick up the presence of the virus is to specifically test for it using an at-home test such as GynaeCheck, which has been developed by expert gynaecologists. In certain circumstances, a HPV test is performed on NHS cervical smear tests, but not always. It is at present only used in low grade smear abnormalities, or in those women who have had previous treatment for abnormal cells.

Read more: Cervical cancer: do you know how to spot the signs?

January, 2016

Don't let anything stand in the way of your smear test.

Every year, 3,100 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK yet the disease is highly preventable.

The screening program is key to prevention as it helps identify women with pre-cancerous changes in her cervix. However, one in four women are still skipping their screening appointments. But, why?

Research by GynaeHealth UK found that one in three women find it difficult to get a GP appointment that suits them, while one in five women find smear testing uncomfortable, so don't attend. With this in mind, consultant gynaecologist Julian Brady explains how to overcome anxiety around cervical screening.

January, 2016

To mark Cervical Cancer Prevention Week – a UK-wide initiative led by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust – Mr Jullien Brady, Clinical Advisor for GynaeHealth UK (part of Check4Cancer group of companies), talks about the importance of screening, HPV and the challenge of getting more women to attend their tests.

December, 2015

A recent survey found that a third of women don't check their breasts regularly for signs of breast cancer, while a second report reveals that rates of women going for smear tests has falled for the third year in a row.

But these aren't the only tests that are being skipped. Whether it's down to complacency, fear or simply being too busy, both men and women are playing Russian Roulette with their health, warn experts.

Screening tests like mammograms, smear tests, and those for bowel cancer are intended to detect the very early stages of health problems that could in turn become deadly.

Research by GynaeHealth UK suggested the main reasons women give for skipping smear are because they find the test uncomfortable, embarrassing or it's difficult to get an appointment.

November, 2015

Britons are missing out on vital screening programmes and self checks according to the latest figures – and putting their lives at risk in the process.

Why it’s skipped: More than one million women miss cervical screening checks, with rates falling every year since 2011.

Women aged 25-49 are the most likely to decline a smear test, say new figures. According to other research by GynaeHealth UK, the main reasons women give for skipping smears are because they find the test uncomfortable or embarrassing, they’re too busy or it’s difficult to get an appointment.

Read more: The life saving checks too many of us are skipping

November, 2015

Having a smear test could save your life, yet a new report suggests five million women in the UK are not up-to-date with their cervical screening appointments. But a poll of 3,500 women conducted by GynaeHealth found that 32% of women between the ages of 25 and 64 are not keeping on top of their appointments.

The research was commissioned by GynaeHealth, who make at-home, self-sampling devices, as part of their Target100,000 campaign. The campaign aims to tell the millions of women who haven't had a conventional smear test that there may be "another option".

Read more: 'Five Million Women' Are Not Up-To-Date With Their Smear Tests, Report Suggests

September, 2015

This article is one for the LADIES! About a month or so ago, I was fortunate to have attended a Cervical Cancer Awareness event hosted at London’s trendy Vegan eatery Tanya’s Cafe to learn all things cervical screening whilst also getting an exclusive preview of Gynaecheck; the UK’s first Smear Test Home Testing Kit. The itinerary included a detailed insightful presentation into the myth’s and actual facts surrounding the procedure by none other than Dr Pixie McKenna (as seen on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies) with guest speakers from Jo’s Trust.

Read more: Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: Introducing GynaeCheck The UK’s First Revolutionary Home Testing Smear Test Kit

September, 2015

This test is for women to check for HPV (human pallinoma virus), which causes most cases of cervical cancer. The kit consists of a small syringe-like device used to take a sample of fluid, a plastic vial to collect the sample, and a prepaid returns box. Results are returned within ten days; anyone with a positive result is then advised to see their GP or gynaecologist for further assessment.

September, 2015

Cambridge company GynaeHealth UK has launched a new at home screening device which offers women an alternative to a smear test.

The revolutionary device to detect cervical cancer risk is another option for women who feel they do not have time to participate in the national screening programme or those who have been put off by previous experiences or perhaps do not attend their smear tests for religious or personal reasons, such as sexual abuse.

New research conducted by the company shows 9,507 Cambridge women are late for their smear test appointments, with one in four admitting to being over five years overdue for having a smear test.

Read more: Cambridge company GynaeHealth UK launches new home testing kit for cervical cancer 

September, 2015

As part of Target100000 and GynaeHealthUK’s launch of their home cervical screening kit, GynaeCheck, I was invited to a breakfast, hosted by Dr Pixie McKenna. She talked about the importance of cervical screening and HPV and we discussed a whole bunch of stuff, asking questions and sharing our own experiences.

Read more: 10 Things I Never Knew About Cervical Cancer But Wish I Had

September, 2015

September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, and GynaeHealth UK are deligther to share with you the guest blog by women’s cancer charity - The Eve Appeal who lead this in the UK and encourages women to open up and talk more freely about the signs and symptoms of gynaecological cancers.

Here, Chief Executive of The Eve Appeal, Athena Lamnisos talks candidly about the importance of raising awareness of these cancers, busting the myths and lifting the taboos around their signs and symptoms:

It’s clear from our perspective that gynaecological cancers are not talked about enough or a well profiled cause – given the general public’s lack of knowledge around key signs and symptoms, which were highlighted in our campaign last year. One in five women aged 16-25 couldn’t name a single symptom of any of the five gynaecological cancers and the majority of under 35s couldn’t correctly label the vagina on an anatomical diagram.

September, 2015

According to GynaeHealthUK, over 5 million women in the UK are overdue their smear test. The main reasons for this? 75% of women claim to have had a bad experience during their smear test, with 26% saying the process is painful and 1 in 4 saying the doctor or nurse had problems finding their cervix. Other excuses ranged from embarrassment to finding it hard to get an appointment.

Read more: Target100000 – Saving Lives Through Easier Cervical Screening

September, 2015

As you know, September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month.  To coincide with this, GynaeHealth UK have launched a campaign called Target 100,000, with the admirable aim of getting more women involved with cervical screening.  The campaign introduces a new, at-home HPV screening kit called GynaeCheck, offering us girls the option to test themselves from the comfort of their own bathroom.  As high-risk strains of the HPV virus cause over 99% of cervical cancers, it’s well worth keeping up-to-date with your checks – the earlier anything ugly is caught, the better.  There’s lots more information about HPV here if you’re interested.

Read more: GynaeCheck yourself! Brand new at-home HPV test hits the UK

September, 2015

Shocking research has revealed that 18,000 women in Southampton are late for their smear test appointments. Despite the clear evidence which shows that catching cervical cancer early dramatically improve survival rates, it seems that women across the city are failing to keep up-to-date with the potentiallylife-saving test.

Research carried out by GynaeHealth has revealed that almost nine per cent of the women surveyed said they were late for their smear test because they didn't need it for various reasons. They wrongly thought being over 40, being over 50 or being a lesbian meant that a test was pointless so failed to book a smear test.

September, 2015

Did you know that 5 million UK women are not up to date with their smear tests?!

Are we serious ladies?! Something so simple that is free and could ultimately save you and we’re missing it?!

Target100,000 is a new campaign hopes NEW at-home self-sampler will help thousands of women re-engage in cervical screening. Incredibly 1.1 million admit they have never had a smear test, with pain, embarrassment and struggling to get to an appointment being the main reason.

This month GynaeHealth UK have launched GynaeCheck (a new, at-home, self-sampling device) for the 70% of UK women who believe that a self-collecting alternative should be offered to women of all ages.

Read more: Target 100,000: Getting Educated By Dr Pixie

September, 2015

Keep it SimpElle blogs: September is officially gynaecological cancer awareness month.  This month also saw the launch of GynaeCheck (a new, at home, self sampling device) after research showed that 5 million women are not up to date with their smear tests, and the average woman is 672 days late for her smear test appointment.

Target 100,000 campaign hopes that the new at home test will help thousands of women to re-engage in cervical screening. After all, 1.1 million women admit that they have NEVER had a smear test!

If just 10% of those women use GynaeCheck that will be 100,000 women more engaged in cervical screening, hence the campaign name, Target 100,000. 

Read more: View a short video with Dr Pixie McKenna

September, 2015

Health conscious lifestyle by Beifit blogs:  Are you a woman who struggles to keep to her smear test appointments? Do you know that you can now test for HPV in the privacy of your own home?

I tested out the product myself and it it very easy to use and only take a few seconds, it is delivered via post in a discreet package.  Using the vaginal lavage technique, the device collects a fluid sample from your cervix which you place into a tube and send off to a laboratory to be tested for the high risk strain of HPV known to lead to cervical cancer, test results are expected with 10 days.

The target 100,000 campaign is about saying to the 1 million woman who don't have a smear test: There is another option!

Read more: Watch Dr Pixie McKenna explain about cervical cancer and the new test

September, 2015

Mummy fever reviews GynaeCheck: Why are women missing their smear tests?

80% of women find smear tests painful or uncomfortable 75% have had a bad smear test experience 69% do not like their genitals being touched 50% of women struggle to get an appointment 14% of women struggle to get time off work

New research has found that 5,346,000 women are not up-to-date with their cervical screening appointments. The research, commissioned by GynaeHealth UK to launch their Target100,000 campaign, reveals the average UK woman is 672 days late for her smear test appointment. For many the anxiety around smear tests could be alleviated if they were able to comfortably collect their own sample.

Read more: find out more about GynaeCheck and view a video

September, 2015

Healthy Living London: GynaeCheck is a revolutionary home-kit screening test for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is the cause of 99.7% of cervical cancers.

For some people, taking time out of work is impossible. For others, they dread being examined ‘down there’. Whatever the reason, according to GynaeHealth UK, there are 5 million women in the UK who are overdue their smear test. Each year, 3,100 UK women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. The good news is that it’s treatable if caught early.

"it took about 5 minutes from start to finish; that’s from setting up the bathroom to opening to box, to taking the test, to getting it ready to be sent off"

Read more: The GynaeCheck experience - a personal review

September, 2015

Get The Gloss: Smear tests. They’re about as enjoyable as they sound. Cold speculums and overexposure aside though, they’re a crucial health test for any woman between the ages of 25-64. 

Regular screening and early detection of abnormalities, followed up by treatment and monitoring, is thought to prevent up to 75% of cervical cancers. So, if you’re one of the million, or if smear tests make you feel extremely uncomfortable, a ‘self-sampling’ option could be the answer.

GynaeCheck is a self-sampling device that has been developed by gynaecologists to detect the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which is the underlying cause of 99.7% of cervical cancers. 

“It's vital that women attend their free NHS cervical screening when invited as this is the best way to reduce the risk of cervical cancer. For those who find it daunting, there have been some positive results from small HPV self-testing trials and we are now calling for larger trials which, if positive, we hope will be implemented by the NHS in the future.”

Read more: Where there are barriers to attending screening, a self-testing option such as this could indeed improve survival rates amongst women

September, 2015

MetroRadio: New research has found a third of women in the region have delayed their screening by more than a year, with 37 per cent claiming they struggle to get an appointment. 

The most common reasons for women avoiding tests is because it's painful and embarrassing.

Almost 3,000 women die from cervical cancer in the UK every year. “If you catch it early enough you can be dealt with and everything is fine."

Target 100,000 will offer women an at-home test called GynaeCheck which can detected the HPV virus that causes cervical cancer.

Read more: A third of North East women put off Smear Test

September, 2015

Earlier this year, we reported on the new cancer task force, set up to combat long waiting times for diagnoses in England – 25% of which were being made too late. Now, further plans have been unveiled, including a target of 95% of people being given a diagnosis or the all-clear within 28 days of being referred by their GP, by 2020.

Figures released in May showed that more than 21,000 people had not been treated within 62 days of their cancer diagnosis in the last financial year, and the NHS had failed to achieve its own targets for treatment. According to these, 85% of cancer patients should be treated within 62 days of being urgently referred by their GP, but just 83.4% were seen on time in 2014-15. While survival rates have been improving, England still lags behind some of the best performing countries. A cross-party committee of MPs recently warned that England’s cancer services had “lost momentum”.

September, 2015

Metro:  MORE than 5million British women have missed appointments to have potentially life-saving smear tests, according to new research.

Of those, 1.1million have ignored invitations and never had the vital check-up, while the rest have either failed to attend scheduled appointments or are late organising one.

Read more: Cancer fears rising as 5m miss smears

September, 2015

Katy's review of GynaeCheck.

Cervical cancer is something that few people talk about, it is almost taboo and women themselves are the ones making it so. I don’t know about you but I hate the idea of going for a smear test, even though I have had two babies (and therefore all dignity has been lost in the labour ward!) I still find the idea of baring all to a stranger completely horrendous.

My own experience

I have used the GynaeCheck myself and am awaiting the results. Having had a few negative results over the last 10 years and having been with Mr F in that whole time I am sure it will all come back fine. HPV is tranmitted sexually and so I know I have been safe, however for anyone thinking they are fine you should know it can take up to 12 years for the virus to show itself. You just never know.

Read more: GynaeCheck - know your options

September, 2015

MrsShilts, blogger and mama of one, very cute, curly blonde haired little boy review GynaeCheck.

For some ladies, having a cervical cancer smear test at the Doctors is just not possible and Gynaecheck understand that there are many reasons why women choose not to participate in having them done.

There’s now an alternative to the cancer smear that is available to ladies over the age of 25. The Gynaecheck is a HPV detection test you can take in the privacy of your own home. It takes a matter of minutes and the user should feel no discomfort.

Read more: Cervical cancer screening at home with GynaeCheck

September, 2015

Scottish Daily Express: A painless kit could help the millions of women who avoid vital cervical cancer screenings

Read more: Would you try the DIY smear test?

September, 2015

My Mummy's Pennies. #gynaecheckyourself #target100000

When was the last time you had a smear test?

Do you know when your next one is due?

As a young woman it can be so easy to over look those reminder letters and think that it doesn't apply to you. However, cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under the age of 35 and approximately 3,100 women are diagnosed in the UK each year.

Read More: Too embarrassed to have a Smear Test?

September, 2015

When a letter arrives in the post, inviting you to your next smear test, it's not uncommon to feel a sense of dread. But shocking new research released today has found that 5,346,000 women are not up-to-date with their cervical screening appointments.

Incredibly, 1.1 million women admit they have never had the potentially life-saving test, with pain, embarrassment and struggling to get an appointment chiefly to blame. 1 in 4 women said they feel embarrassed getting undressed in front of a doctor, 3 in 4 have had a bad experience in the past and 1 in 2 women can't even get an appointment when they try to book in for their smear. The research, commissioned by GynaeHealth UK to launch their Target100,000 campaign, reveals the average UK woman is 672 days late for her smear test appointment. Target 100,000 aims to involve all women in the UK in cervical cancer screening, whether through NHS screening, or a new at-home test, called GynaeCheck.

Read more: Are you a smear test dodger?

September, 2015

Earlier this month, I shared the news that you can now get a smear test at home with Gynaecheck. Research released today has found that over one million women are not up-to-date with their cervical screening appointments. That’s a lot of women who are putting their cervical health at risk for whatever reason.

Research has also indicated that 70% of women surveyed would prefer to self-screen and that giving women the option of an at-home self-screener can increase engagement by about 10% and that’s how Target100000 began.

Target100000 aims to reach out to 10% of the one million women in the UK who have indicated that they would prefer to self-screen and invite them to purchase the GynaeCheck at the reduced rate of just £99 for the entire month of September (part of Gynaecologic Cancer Awareness Month)

Read more: Get your smear with Target100,000

September, 2015

Paperbacks & Postcards blogger: why are women missing their smear tests?

September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month and with this comes the Target 100,000  campaign. Target 100,000 is a campaign that hopes to promote awareness of cervical screening and re-engage thousands of women that avoid the procedure and are not up-to-date with it.

Read more: Target 100,000

September, 2015

Daily Express: FOR many women a trip to their GP surgery or clinic for a routine smear test fills them with dread.

“It’s a safe way to test for HPV,” says consultant gynaecologist Jullien Brady. 

“The device has been used by over 30,000 women across the world.”

Read more: A DIY smear test could help millions of women who avoid vital cervical cancer screenings

September, 2015

The Huffington Post UK: A new at-home test has the potential to save numerous lives by alerting women to cervical cancer.

The new test called GynaeCheck is a self-sampling device which offers women a "comfortable and private alternative to smear tests".

Read more: Five Million Women Not Up-To-Date With Smear Test, Could This At-Home Screening Device Help Change That?

September, 2015

DailyMail: New kit allows women to take a cervical cancer test at home - as poll reveals 1 million have NEVER been tested fearing embarrassment and pain

GynaeCheck is a kit allowing women to take their own smear test sample They send it off to be tested and are sent the results back in 10 days Company says the £129 test is less painful than an NHS cervical smear test Poll: 5m women are behind on check ups and 1m have never been tested

Read more: Would you use a DIY smear test?

September, 2015

mamavsteacher explains what is so easy about the GynaeCheck test.

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September, 2015

Cat Meffan a twenty something Jewellery Designer and blogger from Hertfordshire is helping others make positive changes to their lives by reviewing the best products. 

Read more: Getting Over The Smear Test Experience Taboo

September, 2015

More than 5.3 million women are not up-to-date with their cervical screening tests, with a fifth of those admitting to never having had a smear.

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in under-35s and affects 3,100 women each year. But the survey by GynaeHealth found the average Brit is 672 days late having a test, with only two-thirds of younger women taking up free NHS screening.

September, 2015

Family and lifestyle blogger, This Day I love, review our GynaeCheck service.

Read more: Early Detection Saves Lives

September, 2015

Hannah, a mum to four handsome little monsters, review our GynaeCheck service.

Read more: GynaeCheck - the new three second Cervical Cancer screen you can do in your own bedroom!

September, 2015

Journalist, Salon owner and lifestyle blogger ReeRee Rocket's review our GynaeCheck service.

Target 100,000 - 1 million women not having their smear tests.

Read more: GynaeCheck - Wave goodbye to smear tests? (Review of home testing)

September, 2015

Treatment and detection of cervical cancer has changed radically in the past 25 years, largely as a result of the national screening programme – but there are still signs we need to be wary of, and act upon immediately.

Following the introduction of the national screening programme in 1988, incidence of cervical cancer dropped dramatically. By 2003-2005 it had decreased by 49% (although there has been a small rise of 8% since). Mortality rates have also decreased by 71% between 1971-1973 and 2010-2012, and it is now estimated that cervical screening prevents around 5,000 deaths each year in the UK.

September, 2015

What is GynaeCheck? It’s a self-screening device that tests for the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) that causes around 99% of cervical cancers that can used an alternative to going to your local GP for your routine cervical screening (also known as a smear test). The device is 22cm in length and 1.6cm in diameter and takes a fluid sample from your cervix as opposed to the ‘scraping’ method used at your doctor’s surgery making it less evasive and more of a comfortable experience.

Read more: Random Thoughts of a Twenty Something on the GynaeCheck

September, 2015

GynaeHealth UK is releasing the country's first DIY smear test that you can buy online and complete at home. Your results will be posted to you - no doctor's appointment required.

September, 2015

Louise Brown was a healthy 33-year-old when a routine smear test showed she had cervical cancer.

Having a regular smear test was a priority for me - I've never missed one. If I had, I might not be here today. But in February 2011, when my reminder letter came through, I was just too busy to book it straight away.

September, 2015

As many of you may have read, last month I attended an event with GynaeHealthUK, Jo’s Trust and Dr Pixie McKenna to learn all about Cervical Screening, the new GynaeCheck test for HPV screening and the Target 100,000 Campaign for preventing Cervical Cancer. During the event, we (the female bloggers) were given the opportunity to…

Get the Inside Scoop on the Target 100,000 Campaign Back in August, I was invited to London to meet GynaeHealthUK, Jo’s Trust and Doctor Pixie McKenna, GP, Media medic and Doctor from ITV’s Embarrassing Bodies. I was chosen along with a small number of bloggers to get the inside scoop on the Target 100,000 Campaign…

Goodbye Cervical Smear! Hello Gynae Check Revolutionary New Kit for Cervical Cancer Screening  I’m not sure if you know anyone who has died from Cervical Cancer, or in fact any form of cancer. Sadly for my family in particularly for my husband John, he witnessed the path of destruction caused by Breast Cancer when his…

Read more: Daysinbed learns about smear testing and the Target 100,000 campaign

August, 2015

This week, the BBC reports on new research findings that demonstrate how even light consumption of alcohol can increase cancer risk – but the risk primarily affects women.

The US research, published in the British Medical Journal this month, is titled “Light to moderate intake of alcohol, drinking patterns, and risk of cancer” and sets out “to quantify risk of overall cancer across all levels of alcohol consumption among women and men separately, with a focus on light to moderate drinking and never smokers; and assess the influence of drinking patterns on overall cancer risk.”

August, 2015

A new study has revealed that almost a quarter of cancer patients had to make at least three visits to their GP before being sent to hospital for tests that diagnosed their illness.

The research – published in the European Journal of Cancer Care – was undertaken by academics at Cambridge University who studied the experiences of more than 70,000 patients. They found that a total of 23% had been seen by their GP three or more times before being referred to hospital for further scans, blood tests or investigations which diagnosed the illness.

July, 2015

In Cancer: The challenge facing the NHS BBC Health Correspondent Nick Triggle reveals the issues ahead for our struggling health service.

The analysis comes after the recent announcement of a new strategy by NHS England’s cancer taskforce aimed at improving cancer care. Figures released in May showed that more than 21,000 people had not been treated within 62 days of their cancer diagnosis in the last financial year. According to NHS targets, 85% of cancer patients should be treated within 62 days of being urgently referred by their GP, but just 83.4% were seen on time in 2014-15. While survival rates have been improving, England still lags behind some of the best performing countries.

June, 2015

This week is Cervical Screening Awareness Week.

A week where women are reminded that a five-minute appointment at the GP surgery every few years could save your life.

Could we all think of something else we’d rather be doing when our feet are in stirrups and we’re trying to have a breezy conversation while a stranger uses one of Inspector Gadget’s cotton buds to see how our cervix is doing?I’m going to go out on a limb and speak for everyone when I say: Yes, yes we could.

June, 2015

To mark Cervical Screening Awareness Week – a UK-wide initiative led by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust – Mr Jullien Brady, GYN Check4Cancer, talks about the importance of screening, and how the latest developments can help save more lives.

June, 2015

As Cervical Screening Awareness Week gets underway (15-21 June) the BBC reports how cervical cancer is perceived as a young woman's disease – despite the fact that half of deaths occur in women over 65.

A new survey reveals that, on average, there were 449 deaths as a result of cervical cancer between 2010 and 2012 amongst over-65s, compared to just seven in under-25s. The survey – published in the British Medical Journal – also argues that the age limit for cervical screening should be raised to 70 and that older women should be targeted in health campaigns.

May, 2015

Medical News Today reports that two new studies show an HPV test to be a more accurate means of screening for cervical cancer than the traditional Pap test (also known as the smear test in the UK).

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is responsible for over 70% of cervical cancers, and is potentially a key early indicator of cervical cancer risk. Both new studies published in the journal Gynecologic Oncology found that screening for HPV infection alone provides more accurate results for both HPV infection and cervical cancer screening than the alternatives of a Pap or a co-test for these conditions.

24th March: The BBC reported today that actress Angelina Jolie has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a preventative measure against ovarian cancer.

Jolie – whose mother, grandmother and aunt all died of cancer – carries the mutated gene BRCA1, which significantly increases the carriers risk of developing cancer, specifically breast and ovarian cancer.

19th February: Cervical cancer rates in under 35s have continued to soar, whilst the number having smear tests has fallen to an all-time low.

February 2015: This week saw a BBC news report on cancer that contained shocking news for the UK. ‘Half of UK people will get cancer’ revealed that one in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.

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