It’s a very sad fact that unfortunately in the UK each year, over 3,100 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Most of us will know someone, either a relative or a friend who has suffered with the disease and some of us will have also had some experience of having tests for it. Thankfully it’s a disease that can mostly be treated if caught early and that’s why I am an advocate of any tests that can help detect the presence of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which sadly can lead to 99.7% of cervical cancers.
Introducing the 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.
Robert Music, chief executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, says, ‘It’s vital that women attend their NHS smear test, but there have been excellent results from HPV self-testing trials, which we hope to be taken up by the NHS in the future’.
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.
The GynaeCheck is an easy to use wand that collects a fluid sample from the cervix. The sample is then sent away to the Gynaecheck laboratory for tests and can detect the presence of any trace of HPV in the samples. Results of the sample are sent back to the user and she can also opt for her GP to be informed about the results too should a follow up be needed.
Not a taboo subject here
There are some things in life that I won’t discuss on my blog mainly due to respecting my lovely husband’s privacy but I’m all for sharing with my readers their options when it comes to cervical cancer awareness.
Eight years ago just before I got married at the age of 25, I had a routine smear test. Unfortunately for me, the test results came back with some concerns and I had to go to hospital for further tests. I was terrified but so grateful for the test that ultimately could have saved my life. A few weeks later, I had a procedure at the hospital and thanks to annual smear tests over the last seven years, I have been given a clear bill of cervical health.
I’m taking the Gynaecheck
I’ve been sent my very own Gynaecheck test and will be sending off my sample in the next few weeks (for best results, it’s advisable to wait until a certain time in your monthly cycle) I’ll edit this post in due course when my results are available.
It’s a test that could prevent cervical cancer becoming a real worry. If you’ve been putting off that smear test for whatever reason, now you can do it yourself in the comfort of your own home and the results will be available usually within 10 working days.
The Gynaecheck can be ordered online here and costs £129. It may seem expensive but let’s be honest, how do you value the test that could put your mind at rest about the what if’s? It’s a small price to pay but one that could provide reassurance and a sigh of relief. You can find out more about the Gynaecheck here.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post with GynaecheckUK and I have not been compensated for this post. I wholeheartedly agree with cervical cancer awareness and urge anyone to get tested in which ever way they feel comfortable.