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What is cervical screening?

Cervical screening is the process of taking samples from your cervix which are then examined to detect abnormalities that might become cancerous in the future. Cervical screening is NOT a test for cancer, it’s a screening test to detect abnormalities at an early stage in the cells of the cervix, if left untreated these abnormalities can sometimes change into cancer of the cervix.

 

Who is eligible for cervical screening?

Women aged between 25 to 49 invited every3 years

Women aged between 50 to 64 invited every 5 years

 

Is cervical screening effective?

Very. Cervical cancer has become a rare disease because of the effectiveness of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme. Research estimates that up to 4,500 lives will be saved each year in England by cervical screening.

 

Where is screening available?

You can access cervical screening via your GP.

 

Is the procedure painful?

Not painful but slightly uncomfortable, the doctor or specially trained nurse, will insert an instrument called a speculum into your vagina. The speculum gently opens your vigina allowing the doctors or nurse to see the cervix. A special very small brush is used to gently take cells from the surface of the cervix. The test usually takes around 5 minutes.

Please follow this link to the cervical screening information from Public Health England

Please follow this link to view a Public Health England video on cervical screening

Please do not ignore your invitation to attend for cervical screening. It only takes a few moments but could save your life.

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