Cervical screening is a crucial health test for women that is designed to detect abnormal cells on the cervix before they develop into cancer. It involves a simple procedure called a cervical smear or Pap test, during which a small sample of cells is taken from the cervix and sent to a laboratory for analysis. The test is usually carried out by a nurse or doctor and takes just a few minutes to complete.
Cervical screening is recommended for all women between the ages of 25 and 64. Women aged 25 to 49 are advised to have the test every three years, while those aged 50 to 64 should have the test every five years. It is important to attend these appointments, even if you feel healthy and have no symptoms, as cervical cancer often has no noticeable symptoms until it has reached an advanced stage.
Overall, cervical screening is a highly effective way of preventing cervical cancer. By detecting abnormal cells early, it can help to prevent cancer from developing and can significantly increase your chances of successful treatment if cancer is detected. So if you are due to have a cervical screening test, make sure you attend your appointment and help protect your health
You can book an appointment if you are a registered patient at one of our practices. Just give the practice a call and speak to the receptionist who will book you an appointment with a trained health professional.