• Female Cancers

    Why does cervical screening stop at age 64?

    Cervical screening is designed to identify abnormal changes to the cells of the cervix before they potentially become cancerous. The changes are caused by high-risk strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Screening is offered to all women aged 25-64 years:…

  • Female Cancers

    Ladies…please get your cervical screening!

    It saddens me every time I see the ‘pop-up’ message in the corner of my computer consultation screen saying that the woman in front of me is overdue her cervical screening. I often think to myself why it might be…

  • Female Cancers

    When do I need cervical screening?

    The current cervical screening programme in the UK invites women aged 25-49 every 3 years, and women 50-64 every 5 years. This is assuming the test is normal. If you have an abnormal test result you may be invited more…

  • Female Cancers

    My mother had endometrial cancer – am I more at risk?

    There are some inherited conditions that do increase the risk of endometrial cancer. The most common is Hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), also known as Lynch Syndrome. It is associated with other cancers including colon, ovary, stomach and skin. People…