FACT FILE

Pick Me Up! Special - - Your Health -

About 3,000 cases of cer­vi­cal can­cer are di­ag­nosed in the UK ev­ery year, and it mainly af­fects sex­u­ally ac­tive women aged 30 to 45. A smear test, also known as a cer­vi­cal screen­ing, is a test to check the health of the cells in the cervix. Around one in 20 women will have ‘ab­nor­mal’ changes in their cells. For most women, these changes won’t lead to cer­vi­cal can­cer, but in some cases, ab­nor­mal cells can’t be re­moved and can be­come can­cer­ous.

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