A Gynaeca and Pap smear are now the standard way to get a Pap scan in England.
A study from the Royal College of Gynacentrists, which surveyed nearly 6,000 GP practices in the UK found that in the first week of January, the number of Pap smears had doubled, from just under 4,000 to about 6,700.
It’s a big step forward for a practice that for years has had to get referrals from doctors in order to get an appointment.
But it’s a huge leap for a woman who might want to get her first Pap smear and to get the first HPV test.
According to Dr Anne Geddes, the GP in charge of the survey, a GP in the study said to expect an increase of between 3 and 5 per cent in Pap smashes and a reduction of between 2 and 4 per cent when the first pap smear is done.
Geddes told us she was not surprised.
“We are seeing an increase in referrals and that is not unexpected, particularly for women in the mid- to late-30s,” she said.
She said that although she would not recommend it for women between the ages of 30 and 40, women aged between 40 and 50 were more likely to need the test.
“In terms of women who are between the age of 40 and 60, it is probably the right time to get one.”
Goddard’s research also found that women over 60 were also more likely than women under 30 to be referred for Pap smushes, but not necessarily to get them.
Dr Gedds said she hoped that the survey would encourage more women to seek advice on the importance of getting a Pap smudge.
The report also found a significant rise in the number and types of HPV testing done in the year up to the end of January.
In the UK, there were 4,724 testing services available to the public in the month up to January, up from 3,828 services in the same month last year.
We also know from research published in the British Medical Journal in November that there was a sharp increase in the uptake of HPV tests in the last year of the UK’s HPV vaccination programme.
More testing is also needed to prevent more cancers, such as cervical cancer, which is a major risk factor for the development of cervical cancer.
However, a lack of HPV screening is not new.
In 2012, the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said that HPV testing was an essential tool in the fight against cervical cancer in men, but that more testing was needed to reach men at high risk.
Cervical cancer is the leading cause of death for women aged 50-64, with around 50,000 deaths a year in the United Kingdom.
Women are also more at risk of developing HPV than men.
So far, there are no plans to introduce cervical screening for men or women aged over 60.