A cervical screening test (previously known as a smear test) is a method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix.
About 3,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK. In some cases, if abnormal cells are found they will need to be removed so they can’t become cancerous.
It is possible for sexually active women of all ages to develop cervical cancer, although the condition is most common in women aged 30 to 45. The condition is very rare in women under 25.
All women who are registered with a GP are invited for cervical screening:
- If you are aged 25-49 – invited every 3 years
- If you are aged 50-64 – invited every 5 years
- If you are over 65 – only women invited are those who have recently had abnormal tests.
More information can be found on the NHS Website.