Cervical cancer can be prevented. This week (21 - 27 January 2019) we’re supporting Cervical Cancer Prevention Week and raising awareness of the importance of attending your cervical screening when invited (also known as the smear test).
Cervical screening only takes around five minutes, but it could be the most important appointment you make this year. Smear tests prevent 75% of cervical cancers and regular cervical screening is the best way to identify abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix at an early stage.
Although you may feel nervous about your cervical screening appointment, you are not alone in feeling this way. The nurse or doctor will be happy to answer any queries you have, and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust also has lots of useful tips about preparing for your smear test and what to expect.
All women who are registered with a GP are invited for cervical screening:
- aged 25 to 49 – every 3 years
- aged 50 to 64 – every 5 years
- over 65 – only women who have recently had abnormal tests
You will receive a letter when your test is due. If you are overdue your cervical screening test or you aren’t sure, contact your GP practice.