A cervical smear checks the health of your cervix – the opening to your womb from your vagina. The test isn’t necessarily a test for cancer, but a test to help prevent it.
All women aged 25-64 should be invited by letter – and, during the appointment, a small sample of cells is taken from the cervix.
The sample is then tested for changes to the cells. Finding abnormal cells early means that they can be monitored or treated so that they do not get a chance to turn into cervical cancer.