Cervical Screening Information
What is Cervical Screening?
Your questions answered:
- It is not a test for cancer – it is a test to help prevent cancer
- The test itself lasts less than 5 minutes (on average) – although the appointment can last up to 20 minutes
- The test is usually performed by a female doctor or nurse and you can request this when you book
- A small sample of cells will be taken from your cervix using a soft brush
- The cells are tested for certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause changes to the cells of your cervix
- Finding high risk HPV early means you can be monitored for abnormal cell changes
- If these types of HPV are found, the sample is then checked for any changes in the cells of your cervix - these can then be treated before they get a chance to turn into cervical cancer
- You'll get your results by letter, usually in about 4 weeks
- Try not to worry if it is taking a long time to get your results, it does not mean anything is wrong, most people will have a normal result
- You’re still at risk of cervical cancer if you have had the HPV vaccine – it does not protect you from all types of HP
Received an invite to say your cervical screening is due? complete the form below to book:
What happens at your cervical Screening appointment?
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