There are three cancer screening programmes delivered by the NHS and also Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening:
Cervical screening is offered to all women aged between 25 and 64 years of age. It is not a test for diagnosing cervical cancer. It is a test to check the health of the cervix, which is the lower part of the womb (often called the neck of the womb). Cervical screening is also introducing testing for the human papillomavirus (HPV). Certain types of HPV can cause abnormal changes in the cervix.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common infection and most women get it at some time in their life. There are many types of HPV, and some types can cause abnormalities in the cervix. In some cases these abnormalities may, if left untreated, go on to develop into cervical cancer.
You will receive an invite for screening and can make an appointment to attend your GP surgery or if you would prefer a family planning clinic.
If you require any further information on cervical screening, please click on the links below: