At the core of check-ups is the swab of cells extracted from the cervix (Pap-Test). This method was developed by Prof. George Papanicolaou in 1923. The results were later published in 1928. An enormous success, the PAP-method saw the rate of deaths due to cervical cancer decrease by two-thirds. It was much later that the cause for cervical cancer, the HPV-virus (human papilloma virus), was discovered and found to be a trigger. Chronic infections with these HPV-viruses can, over short or long-term periods, lead to changes in cell structures or cervical cancer.
Therefore, a yearly check-up is not to be missed. In early stages, with only small, superficial changes to the cell structure, treatment and therapy can be begun without any consequences. Small changes (e.g virus present, cells without signs of change) will be monitored more closely.
The extracted and coloured cells are then examined under a microscope. If there are any significant signs of change, such as size or shape of the cells, there is a chance of an infection with HPV-viruses. To prevent this, a vaccination is wise, which we also offer in our practice.
Part of the yearly check-up is also the examination of the external genital, inner sexual organs, and breasts. Sometimes an ultrasound of uterus, ovaries and breasts is carried out.
If you wish, you can watch the whole procedure on the 21“-screen. You may also request a reminder so that we contact you when it is time for your next appointment.