Cervical Screening

The NHS cervical screening programme invites women aged between 25 and 64 for cervical screening. Screening also applies to other people within this age range who have a cervix, such as trans men. 

The screening test aims to pick up changes early that could develop into cervical cancer if left untreated.

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Cervical screening is a way of preventing cancer. It tests for a virus called high risk human papilloma virus (HPV). High risk HPV can cause cervical cells to become abnormal. Most cases of cervical cancer are linked to high risk HPV. 

The cervix is part of the female reproductive system. It is the lowest part of the womb and is at the top of the vagina. A nurse takes a sample of cells from the cervix using a small soft brush (smear test) and sends the sample to the laboratory.

More information and translated guides

Please visit Cancer Research UK for more info:

CRUK Cervical Screening information

If you have any queries regarding cervical screening please do not hesitate to get in touch.