Abnormal Cervical Screening Test
Abnormal Cervical Screening Test in Adelaide
In Australia, cervical screening tests are done to detect abnormal cells in the cervix that may lead to cervical cancer. The test is recommended for women between the ages of 25 and 74 years who have ever been sexually active.
If an abnormality is detected during the cervical screening test, further testing is required to determine the extent of the abnormality and whether or not it is cancerous. This may include a colposcopy, where a doctor uses a special microscope to examine the cervix in more detail, and a biopsy, where a small sample of tissue is taken for examination.
There are several types of abnormal cervical screening results, ranging from low-grade changes that are often temporary and may resolve on their own, to high-grade changes that are more likely to be cancerous and require treatment. The most common abnormal results are referred to as squamous intraepithelial lesions (SILs) or cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN).
If an abnormality is detected, women may be referred to a specialist, such as a gynecologic oncologist, for further testing and treatment. Treatment options may include removing the abnormal tissue using techniques such as a cone biopsy, cryotherapy or laser therapy. In some cases, a hysterectomy may be recommended.
It is important for women to attend regular cervical screening tests as recommended by their healthcare provider. Early detection and treatment of abnormal cervical cells can help prevent the development of cervical cancer. Women who experience any unusual symptoms, such as bleeding between periods or after sex, should also seek medical attention.
For more information about an abnormal cervical screening test, or to arrange a consultation with Dr Mandana Master at Burnside Women’s Health in Adelaide, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (08) 8364 3642, or fill in the contact form below.