Cervical Screening (Smear)

You can book in for your smear test by contacting the surgery and requesting an appointement with a nurse.

What is a Smear?

A smear is a method of testing for abnormal cells on the cervix.

Why should you get a smear?

Around 1 in 20 women are found to have abnormal cells.

Most of these will go back to normal on there own but in some cases these cells will need to be removed to prevent them from becoming cancerous.

About 3,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK

Who is eligable for a smear?

It is possible for women of any age to develop cervical cancer. However it mainly effects sexually active women aged between 30-45. It is rare for this condition to appear in women under 25.

How often should you get a smear?

What happens during your appointment?

The test takes around 5-10 minutes.
The doctor or nurse will use a small soft brush to take some cells for the surface of your cervix. Most women find the procedure uncomfortable but not painful. After the cells are taken the sample will then be taken to the lab for analysis. You will recive your results via the post.

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