Female and aged 25 and over? It is important that you attend for your cervical screening (smear test) when invited by your GP practice.
Cervical screening is a very quick test, taking only a minute or two, which checks the health of your cervix (neck of the womb). It can find early signs of cell changes that can be treated before cervical cancer may develop. Screening and treatment can prevent 3 out of 4 cancers developing.
Cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives each year in the UK.
The test is usually done by a female nurse or doctor and if unsure you can check and request to have a female. Your GP is happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
The test is generally pain free – some women may feel a little discomfort but this goes away quickly.
You will receive a letter with your results within 2 weeks of having the test.
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust ‘Be Cervix Savvy Roadshow’ is visiting Sainsbury’s, Rice Lane on 24-28 April and Williamson Square on 27-28 April. You can drop-in to find out more about cervical cancer signs and symptoms, how to reduce your risk and talk about the smear test with the team between 10am and 4pm.
Please don’t put off this very quick test; a few minutes of discomfort could save your life