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What is a cervical screening?

A cervical screening (also known as aย smear test) is used to detect abnormal cells on the cervix before they become cancerous cells. The screening programme in the UK suggests a smear test every 3 years for women aged 25-49 every 5 years for women aged 50-64.ย All girls at the age of 12 are also recommended immunisation against human papilloma virus (HPV) with the virus being known to cause most cases of cervical cancer. Indeed, a recent publication in the Lancet showed that HPV immunisation has successfully almost eliminated cervical cancer.

What might the results of my cervical screening show?

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