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Do I REALLY need to have a smear test?

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by giotto, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. serenitypolly41

    serenitypolly41 Occasional commenter

    Crikey I think you've got every body part covered!! Bowel cancer screening is something that I really should do actually.
  2. mushroomz

    mushroomz New commenter

    Hi there!

    I am wondering whether anyone can shed light on a somewhat confusing results letter I received today from the hospital.

    In October I had a colposcopy for removal of a cervical polyp, which was found to be (much to my relief!) a 'harmless polyp'.

    Early in February I had a follow-up smear at the same clinic in the hospital. Today I received a letter with the following wording:

    "Following your recent visit to the Colposcopy clinic, I am pleased to inform you that everything appears to be normal and you do not need to be seen in clinic again.

    I would be grateful if you would see your GP for your routine cervical screening."

    I am wondering why I have been advised to see my GP after a recent normal smear test for another one?! I am going to phone the hospital tomorrow, but in the meantime I am having a bit of a panic....

    Any ideas anyone? Thanks!
  3. StarbucksCovfefe

    StarbucksCovfefe Occasional commenter

    To me it means, just return to your GP when your next routine smear is due, rather than to the clinic.

    Definitely no reason to panic.
  4. mushroomz

    mushroomz New commenter

    Thanks for the reassurance, Starbucks. I was thinking maybe that was a possibility....
  5. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I agree - return for your routine test when it is due. Glad you're normal - it's always nice to know :):)
  6. mushroomz

    mushroomz New commenter

    Spoke to my doctor today - that's exactly what it means - thank goodness. The surgery did agree with me that the letter hasn't been worded terribly clearly!
  7. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Yes you do.

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