Your Private GP and Sexual Health Clinic in Canary Wharf

Dr Wayne Cottrell will be back in the clinic from 18 October and the clinic will be open every weekday from that date

Cervical Cancer

Dr Wayne Cottrell:

Cervical cancer affects and is diagnosed in almost 3,000 women in the UK each year. The NHS has a very effective screening program in place that can detect early cancerous changes and as a result death rates have fallen. The problem is that the The NHS only will only offer screening every 3 years and will only start screening women after the age of 25. In addition the NHS screening program do not offer routine HPV screening. I recommend HPV testing for all my sexually active female patients from the age of 18.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infection with one of the high risk types, has been shown to be an important factor in the development of cervical cancer. HPV DNA is detected in virtually all cases of cervical cancer (90%), although not all factors that play a role are yet known. The most aggressive types of HPV are 16 and 18. It is possible to have HPV infection for many years whilst still having normal smear results. This is why I recommend HPV screening in addition to regular smears.

Just having HPV doesn’t mean that you will develop cancer, but if the infection persists, either because your immune system cannot get rid of it, or if you are repeatedly infected, it can then lead to pre-cancerous changes in the cells of the cervix and eventually cervical cancer.

RISKS

  • Smoking
  • Sex from an early age
  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Long term contraceptive pill use
  • A weakened immune system

 

SYMPTOMS

  • Vaginal bleeding (between periods or during/after sex)
  • Smelly vaginal discharge
  • Discomfort during sex
  • Vaginal bleeding after menopause

I recommend that women have HPV testing in addition to regular cervical screening. If you test positive for one of the more dangerous HPV strains (16 or 18), then I recommend yearly screening This would allow for any abnormal cells to be detected early. If you have an abnormal smear, the cell changes will be graded as borderline, moderate or severe.

REDUCING YOUR RISK

  • Using a condom during sex will give you some protection from HPV.
  • HPV testing
  • Regular smears
  • HPV vaccination. This is a preventative vaccine against the 9 most common strains of HPV

PRICES

Prices include a consultation fee

Smear £180
Smear + HPV testing £295
HPV Vaccination (per shot) £250

PRICES

Prices include a consultation fee

For more information or to book an appointment call our clinic on the number below:

0203 197 9100BOOK APPOINTMENT

Canada Place Shopping Mall
34 North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5HX

0203 197 9100

Monday: 08:00-18:30
Tuesday: 08:00-18:30
Wednesday: 09:00-17:00
Thursday: 09:00-17:00
Friday: 09:00-17:00