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Cervical screening

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Introduction
A cervical screening test (previously known as a smear test) is a method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix.
Why cervical screening is offered
Cervical screening is recommended because it can help detect abnormal cell changes in the cervix that could potentially develop into cervical cancer.
When cervical screening is offered
The NHS Cervical Screening Programme in England offers free tests to all women aged between 25 and 64 who are registered with their GP.
The screening process
You will receive a letter through the post asking you to make an appointment for a cervical screening test. The letter should contain the details of where you need to contact for the appointment.
Results of cervical screening
The results of your screening test will be sent to you in the post, with a copy sent to your GP.
Treating abnormal cells in the cervix
If cervical screening shows that you have abnormal cells in your cervix, treatment to remove the affected cells may be recommended.