Navigation Links
Study Shows That Women Need To Be Explained About The Smear Test

A report in the British Journal of Cancer, explained that the women who receive abnormal smear test results need more reassurance that they are not necessarily on the brink of cancer, // More information is needed to help women understand their test results and ease their fears over cervical cancer. A study of more than 3500 women with slightly abnormal smears found that more than a quarter had unnecessarily high levels of anxiety.

Nicola Gray, of Aberdeen University's department of general practice and primary care and the study's lead author, said these results showed that those with slightly abnormal, or low-grade, smears suffered similar anxiety levels to women with high-grade smears. This she suggested was because women may not understand their test results or the meaning of the term pre-cancerous, and wrongly conclude that any abnormalities detected must indicate cancer. So she said that it was important to introduce strategies to improve women's understanding and to address their fears about cancer, treatment and fertility to help reduce this anxiety. She went on to explain that the women at highest risk of feeling anxious tended to be younger, have children, be smokers or had the highest levels of physical activity.

In this study, the women were screened for clinically significant anxiety using a scale known as the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (Hads). On examining the scores the researchers found that 23% of the women were classified as probable cases of clinical anxiety and 20% of women as possible cases. These results they found were similar to those for women whose smears showed a higher degree of abnormality. The researchers said that this shows that there is not enough being done to inform women about what an abnormal smear means.

A slightly abnormal smear test indicates changes in the cells that could lead to cancer in the future but rarely does it mean that a woman already has cancer. In the majority of cases , the cells return to normal in a few months without treatment. The doctors could check on the woman through a follow-up smear.

Martin Ledwick, cancer nurse manager at Cancer Research UK, said that a woman treated for abnormal cells rarely goes on to develop cervical cancer, yet it is vitally important for women to understand that smear tests are all about cancer prevention. She explained that the test detects abnormal cells that could become cancerous, and follow-up treatment prevents cervical cancer from developing. The national screening programme is estimated to save thousands of lives in the UK every year. But if women are worried unnecessarily by the results of their smear, the concern now could be that they won't continue to go for regular checks, she said.

The smear test detects abnormalities that can occur in the cells covering the cervix that can, if left, develop into a cervical cancer. Usually, this would take a number of years. The Medical Research Council and the NHS in Scotland and England had funded the research.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Tomato Sauce reduces Cancer Risk- Study
2. Study on obesity and heart failure
3. National Lung Study in the process
4. Study casts doubt on keyboard ills
5. Study reveals how stress can make you sick
6. Study reveals how stress can make you sick
7. Study supports vegetable diet
8. Study to look at early surgery to treat epilepsy
9. Its Never Too Late to Stop Smoking,Study Finds
10. New Technique to Study Infants Brain.
11. Groundbreaking Study Gives Hope For Patients With Kidney Cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/27/2017)... ... ... A study by the founder of the Buckingham Center for Facial ... recently published in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. “The Effects of an Antistick ... on the use of Electro Lube during the facelift procedure. The journal, a publication ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... ... the New England Journal of Medicine and NEJM Journal Watch, announces the release ... Review was created by a panel of pediatricians from leading medical centers. The ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... Cranbury, NJ (PRWEB) , ... March 27, 2017 ... ... publication of cutting-edge news, research and conference coverage on veterinary medicine, announces the ... The inaugural issue will be packaged with the April edition of American Veterinarian™. ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... Advantexe ... announced the launch of a new research study, The Business Readiness Report. The ... execute that strategy, and the actual success of achieving individual and company goals. ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The Association of Healthcare and Value Analysis ... first Northeast Regional AHVAP Meeting. For 2017, Dr. Hayes will provide the Keynote ... analysis professionals have a ‘seat at the table’ with clinical committees when it ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2017)... 27, 2017  Sanderling Ventures, portfolio company, Torax ... division of Johnson & Johnson. Torax manufactures and markets ... of gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). The LINK device ... and the procedure is currently available in the ... Medical was founded by Sanderling Ventures, Mayo Medical ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... March 27, 2017 BioLineRx Ltd. (NASDAQ/TASE: ... announced today that AGI-134, an immunotherapy for the treatment of ... Ltd., will be featured at the upcoming American Association ... Washington, DC to be held on April 1-5, ... ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... FRANCISCO , March 27, 2017 ... expected to reach USD 16.0 billion by 2025, according ... The growing prevalence of chronic diseases is anticipated to ... chemistry analyzers, which thereby widens the scope for growth ... geriatric and bariatric population, which is highly susceptible to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: