Cervical screening

24 Jan 2023

The Importance of Cervical Screening

Cervical cancer is a serious health concern for women*, but it is also one of the most preventable types of cancer. Regular cervical cancer screening is an essential tool in detecting and preventing the disease.

The screening process for cervical cancer involves a cervical screening test (previously known as a smear test) which is a simple procedure that involves collecting cells from the cervix. These cells are then examined for abnormal changes that may indicate the presence of cancer or precancerous cells.

The benefits of regular cervical cancer screening are numerous. Early detection and treatment of cervical cancer can lead to a higher rate of survival. Screening also allows for the identification of precancerous cells, which can be treated before they progress to cancer. This can significantly reduce a person’s risk of cervical cancer and save lives.

Regular cervical cancer screening can also help to reduce the overall burden of the disease in the population. By detecting and treating cervical cancer early, we can reduce the number of cases of advanced cervical cancer and the number of deaths caused by the disease.

The NHS recommends that all women aged 25 to 64 should be invited for cervical screening every three years. If you haven't received an invitation yet or are over the age of 64, you can contact your GP to schedule a screening.

It's important to be proactive and to schedule regular cervical cancer screenings. Remember, early detection and treatment can make a huge difference in the outcome of your health.

*women, trans men, people who are non-binary who were assigned female at birth, and cis gender women