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Lockdown Life: Don’t let lockdown and ‘embarrassing body’ hang-ups delay your cervical cancer screening

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:

  1. Order your test today
  2. GynaeCheck test kit will be delivered to your door
  3. Conduct the 5 minute test and return your sample to our laboratory by freepost
  4. 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. 

References:

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. https://www.bmj.com/content/363/bmj.k4823

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