CERVIX MALIGNANCIES GENOMIC RISK ASSESSMENT

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SERVICE DESCRIPTION

SERVICE DESCRIPTION

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    WHAT IS CERVICAL CANCER?
    • The cervix is at the outer end of the uterus (womb). It looks like a button with a narrow opening that leads into the uterus. Cervical cancer is the growth of malignant cells in the cervix. Finding cervical cancer early by using Pap tests has increased chances for a cure.
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    WHAT CAUSES CERVICAL CANCER?
    • Risks include having sex before age 18, having many sexual partners, smoking, using birth control pills, having a mother who took diethylstilbestrol (DES) during pregnancy and being infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), which is a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
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    WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CERVICAL CANCER?
    • Women usually have no symptoms until cancer has reached nearby tissue. The most common symptom is vaginal bleeding or bleeding after sex. Discharge from the vagina may occur. Cancer that invades nearby tissues can cause back pain, the need to urinate often, and bowel changes.
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    HOW IS CERVICAL CANCER DIAGNOSED?
    • Pap smears are 95% accurate in finding early cervical cancer. Women older than 20 (or younger, if sexually active) should have routine Pap tests, at least until age 65.
    • If a Pap smear is abnormal, the gynaecologist will use colposcopy (checking the cervix with a microscope to better identify abnormal cells). If needed, a cone biopsy may be done. In this biopsy, a cone-shaped sample of tissue is removed for study.
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    HOW IS CERVICAL CANCER TREATED?
    • Treatment depends on the cancer stage. Staging means finding out whether cancer has spread, and if so, how much. Stages are numbered 0 to IV, depending on how far it has spread. A doctor uses a pelvic examination, blood and urine tests, x-rays, and computed tomography (CT) for staging. Additional tests such as cystoscopy and proctosigmoidoscopy (examinations with lighted tubes put into the bladder and rectum, respectively) may also be done.
    • Treatment may include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy (anticancer drugs). Early cancer can be burned away by laser, frozen (cryotherapy), or cut out. Advanced cancer needs surgery such as hysterectomy, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
    • After you’re diagnosed, more tests will be done to find out the cancer stage (if and where it spread). A team of doctors, including a primary care doctor, gynaecologist, oncologist, and radiation oncologist, will be involved in care.
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    CERVIX MALIGNANCIES GENOMIC RISK ASSESSMENT
    • Innovative genomic DNA testing to investigate if you are at a higher risk of developing cervix malignancy due to certain hereditary mutations in your genes.
    • This genomic test is recommended if you have a strong family history of cervix malignancies (i.e. first-degree relative who has been diagnosed with cervix malignancy).
    • You will be provided with a DNA assessment kit that contains all the necessary materials and instructions to have your DNA sample taken without any pain or stress.
    • You will be able to take your DNA sample in the comfort of your home (or you can get your treating GP or specialist to take it for you in the clinic). Afterwards, you can simply post the DNA sample back, in the provided prepaid envelope, to Genomic Medicine UK laboratory in London.
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    OVERVIEW

    This genomic malignancy risk assessment evaluates your DNA for the following hereditary genetic mutations that may increase your risk of developing cervix malignancy:

    STK11

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    KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
    • If your results show that you are genetically predisposed to developing cervix malignancy, your prognosis will be significantly improved by having regular malignancy screenings at shorter intervals. Please remember that the absolute majority of malignant tumours are treatable and curable when they are caught at their early stages.
    • If your test shows that you are at a higher risk of developing cervix malignancy, this can be enormously mitigated in most of the cases by adopting a healthier lifestyle and following our malignancy prevention guidance. Please remember that genes are not a destiny book but are only a background for a multitude of different potentials.
    • It is always true that prevention is better than cure.
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    FREE REFERRAL TO A SPECIALIST CONSULTANT

    If you your genomic testing showed that you require referral to a specialist consultant, we will provide you, at no cost to you, with a referral letter to a specialist consultant from our wide network of independent doctors all around the United Kingdom. Our referral letter will give the specialist consultant all the needed details to take care of your clinical case, according to the results of the genomic tests you have had at Genomic Medicine UK.

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    QUALITY ASSURANCE
    • This advanced genomic test is carried out by cutting-edge next-generation DNA sequencing technology at our ISO9000 certified and accredited laboratory.
    • All test results are interpreted and reported in London by our highly qualified licenced consultant medical doctors.
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    BY POST OR BY APPOINTMENT

    If you prefer to visit Genomic Medicine UK instead of having your genomic test by post, as explained above, you are most welcome to book a suitable appointment for you to visit our premises in central London where our fully trained and friendly staff will be more than happy to take your DNA sample in one of our outpatients’ clinics in Harley Street.

£499.00

£499.000

Innovative genomic DNA testing to investigate if you are at a higher risk of developing cervix malignancy due to certain hereditary mutations in your genes.

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