Cervical screening needs more personalized approach: researchers say

Cervical screening needs more personalized approach: researchers sayCervical screening needs a more personalized approach as women find the existing approach as impersonal, humiliating and stressful, researchers suggest.

A team of researchers from the University of Leicester and Glasgow Caledonian University studied 34 women's accounts of cervical screening, and found most of the women describing their experiences of the screening test as `problematic'.

Describing the screening procedure as `horrible,' one interviewee said that when you go in, you are asked to take your clothes off, which is just embarrassing.

Dr Natalie Armstrong said that the procedure is intimate and invasive so most women feel uncomfortable and personally threatened when they undergo the test.

Commenting on the study, Dr Armstrong added, "Women can feel passive, helpless and vulnerable in the face of a situation where they risk pain and discomfort, shame and humiliation, and violation and invasion of privacy."

She further said that women's fears and anxieties should not be ignored as prompt many patients to evade screening and deny the reality.

Robert Music, from cervical cancer charity Jo's Trust, said that doctors must treat each patient as an individual, and try to make her feel at ease.