Who can have the screening?
You are automatically invited for the screening if you are:
- registered as a female at the surgery
- aged between 25 & 64
- you are screened every 3 years between the age of 25&49 or every 5 years between the ages of 50&64.
What is cervical screening?
Cervical screening is a test that helps prevent cervical cancer also known as a smear test.
Cervical Screening is not a test for cancer. It looks for cell changes (abnormal cells) on your cervix caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV.)
What is HPV?
Human Papillomavirus is a common virus that is passed through skin to skin contact. 80% of women will have at some point had the virus but usually our immune system will fight it!
How does HPV cause cervical cancer?
For a small number of women, their immune system cant get rid of HPV. If this happens, HPV may stay in your body for many years. This is called persistent infection. Over time, a persistent infection with high risk HPV can cause changes to cells. Cell changes mat develop into cervical cancer if they are not monitored or treated, The time between getting HPV and developing cell changes or cervical cancer varies from person to person.
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