Cervical cancer takes a long time to develop and often has no signs or symptoms. Cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of death among Irish women under 44, with over 90 lives lost to the disease every year.
The good news is that we know how to prevent cervical cancer. Regular cervical screening ensures that any abnormal cells in the cervix are detected and treated early, preventing the development of cervical cancer.
The IFPA is a registered smeartaker under the national cervical screening programme, CervicalCheck, and offers free cervical screening to women aged 25 to 60 at our two Dublin clinics.
A cervical screen is a simple test to detect pre-cancerous cells in a woman's cervix, which involves taking a sample of cells from the cervix using a small brush. The cells are then sent to a lab to be examined for any abnormalities. If the lab results show no abnormalities, you will be told to return for another test in 3-5 years (depending upon your age).
In the unlikely event that the lab results show abnormalities, the doctor will advise you to return for another test in six months or will make a referral to a specialist clinic for further investigation. All recommended follow-up tests are also provided free of charge.
Contact one of the IFPA’s two Dublin clinics.
If you don't live in the Dublin area see www.cervicalcheck.ie for a list of registered smeartakers.