Pap smear test – Screening for cervical cancer
Every three years, women between the ages of 25 and 69 are invited to have cell samples taken from the cervix to detect precursors to cancer.
The mass examination against cervical cancer is a national screening program against cervical cancer which is administered by the Norwegian Cancer Registry (cf. the Cancer Registry Regulations). The main goal of the program is to reduce the number of cases of, and mortality from, cervical cancer.
In 1992, the Cancer Registry started with national registration of all cell samples from the cervix.
From 1995, the program became nationwide for women aged 25-69 years. The mass examination is a collaboration between the health authorities, the country’s pathology departments, samplers (doctor / midwife) and the Cancer Registry.
At the Oslo Midwife and Ultrasound Clinic, you can have a cell sample taken from the cervix.
We give you quick feedback regarding test results. If you wish, we will call you in for a new pap smear test after 3 years.
About cervical cancer
Cervical cancer affects just under 300 women in Norway each year. The cause of cervical cancer is human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus is very common and is transmitted through mucosal contact, most often sexually.
Infection with HPV usually goes away on its own, but in some cases, it can lead to cancer of the cervix, genitals, anal canal, pharynx, throat, oral cavity and neck.
Cervical cancer is the most common of these cancers. There are over 120 different types of HPV, but only 14-15 of the virus types are known to be carcinogenic. Two other types of the HPV virus can cause genital warts but are not carcinogenic. By providing information about HPV, infection and cancer development can be reduced by gaining knowledge about how we can protect ourselves. Cervical cancer can be prevented to some extent by vaccination and screening.
SOI – Sexually transmitted diseases
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as other genital and urinary tract infections can cause health damage and discomfort to the infected person. Most of the sexually transmitted infections are easy to detect and can be easily treated.
Others can be difficult to detect and cause a chronic condition for the person affected. If infections are detected at an early stage, it will be easier to treat those that can be treated. This in turn will help prevent a sequelae of infections while contributing to good health for those with chronic infections.
From a societal perspective, the efforts made in this area will make a positive contribution to combating sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in society.
The samples we take here are chlamydia, mycoplasma, gonorrhea, and trichomonas. The woman must be in a gynecological chair and a speculum must be placed vaginally for the samples to be taken.
We are careful and gentle. Common to these infectious diseases and most others is that they are transmitted through unprotected intercourse. With us at Oslo Midwife and Ultrasound Clinic, you can get tested for the various sexually transmitted diseases.
Source: Metodebok sex & samfunn