Doctorcall was pleased to allow the cameras into our Harley Street clinic recently for a special piece in The Sun.
The video article highlighted the importance of smear tests for women and how easy it is to arrange one.
What is a smear test?
- A smear test, or cervical screening test, checks for abnormal cells on the cervix (the womb's entrance from the vagina).
- If any abnormal cells are found, these can be removed - to stop them becoming cancerous.
- This is a preventative measure, and does not mean you already have cancer.
- For one in 20 women, these checks will pick up some abnormal changes.
- It's possible for sexually active women of any age to develop cervical cancer, but it's most common in women aged 25-29.
- The condition is very rare in women under 25.
- Women aged 25-49 are offered tests every three years, while women between the ages of 50 and 64 are tested every five years.
Smear tests are available at all three Doctorcall clinic locations.
Much of the UK is basking in sunshine and hot weather, and
whilst it may be enjoyable for many, the heat and direct sunlight carry some
potential health risks.
Britain doesn’t often get prolonged heatwaves, or even
temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius, so it’s no surprise the weather is the
talking point of many.
We have asked our doctors to prepare some advice for everyone;
· Direct sunlight can cause skin damage, and prolonged exposure can result in skin cancer. You should always wear sun protection when outdoors and avoid extended periods in the direct sunlight. UV rays can cause skin damage even when it’s cloudy.
· Direct exposure to sunlight isn’t the only risk – the heat in the summer months can lead to severe illness. Make sure you stay in well ventilated areas and drink plenty of fluids. You should avoid beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol during the day as these can cause dehydration.
· Be sure to check on relatives who may be sensitive to heat and sunlight, especially the elderly.
It may be a good idea to keep bottled or filtered water in your fridge as the water from the tap may be at ambient temperature.
Stay tuned to the forecast, especially if you plan on travelling. Check on the weather for the journey as well as the destination.
If you're still unsure of how to prepare, or if you have any concerns you should contact a GP or other appropriate medical help.