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Smear test confused

11 Mar 2018 20:54

hey so normally when you get your smear test result back it will say slight changes or something like that mine just says I have had some changes to my cells and that I will be booked coloscpy appointment in the next couple of weeks I'm confused as to why I have been give slight mild moderate something like that please help because I am worrying like made as 3 years ago I had mild changes and had cin 1 they said it should go back to normal and I was to have smear test every year well I didnt go back until now which I know is really bad but I also have bipolar disorder and I can be a nightmare for looking after myself any advice would be great as I'm so scared right now xxx

Re: Smear test confused

13 Mar 2018 11:46 in response to Loopyscrytaltips

Hi Loopyscrytaltips,

Thanks for posting.

Please try not to worry, and you mustn’t beat yourself up about not having your smear repeated sooner. The important thing now is that you have been screened and that you are going to colposcopy. You really mustn’t read too much into what the letter has or hasn’t told you.

It’s worth being aware that The NHS Cervical Screening Programme (NHSCSP) is about prevention. The idea is to detect abnormal cells and then further assess them to decide whether to monitor them until things go back to normal, or treat to prevent cancer from developing in the future. Not everyone with abnormal cells goes on to develop cancer.

As I’m sure you will be aware from before at colposcopy they will look closely at cells at the cervix. It is only once you are there that they will know if there are definite changes and whether treatment in needed, or further monitoring. You are right in saying that for many women the cells over time will return to normal without the need for treatment.

I hope all goes well, If you want to talk call on 0808 800 4040 or 020 3469 8355. We are here from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Take care,

Naomi