Cervical cancer is one of the few preventable cancers, because screening picks up pre-cancerous changes.
The test, used to detect abnormal cells on the cervix, prevents up to 75% of cervical cancers. Cancer Research UK scientists estimate that the programme saves more than 4,500 lives in England annually.
- Women aged 25 to 49 should attend a cervical cancer screening every three years.
- Women aged 50 to 64 should attend a cervical cancer screening every five years.
You should be invited to attend your screening; if you have not please contact your GP for details.