Let's talk cervical screening.
Cervical screening is a free health check available on the NHS throughout the UK.1 You might have heard the terms “smear test”, “pap test”, “pap smear”, or “HPV primary screening”,2 but all you need to know is that cervical screening checks the health of the cervix, the opening to your womb from your vagina.3
It’s one of the best ways to protect yourself from cervical cancer. It’s not a test for cervical cancer but can help to prevent the disease.4
Cervical screening checks for high-risk types of a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV).4,5 High-risk types of HPV can cause abnormal changes to the cells in your cervix, which if left untreated, might turn into cervical cancer over time.4,5
Cervical screening is for women and people with a cervix (including trans men, non-binary and intersex people), from the ages of 25 years to 64 years old.1,3
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