Cer­vi­cal screen­ing

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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.

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