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Cervical Screening (Smear tests)

Let’s be honest, no body looks forward to a smear test but they are very important. If you’ve been invited for cervical screening, we hope you’ll choose to have it as early diagnosis saves lives.

Cervical screening saves lives because it allows us to find changes in the cervix before they develop into something more serious and before you may have symptoms. It tests for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which is the most common cause of cervical cancer. The test is free, takes around five minutes and is offered to women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64.

What is cervical screening? – NHS (

When you’ll be invited for cervical screening – NHS (

What happens at your cervical screening appointment – NHS (

Further help and support for cervical screening – NHS (

Should I go for cervical screening? | Cancer Research UK

Overcoming smear fear with the Online Community – Macmillan Online Community