What is cervical screening?
- Cervical screening (a smear test) checks the health of your cervix. The cervix is the opening to your womb from your vagina.
- It’s not a test for cancer, it’s a test to help prevent cancer.
- During the screening appointment, a small sample of cells will be taken from your cervix.
- The sample is checked for certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause changes to the cells of your cervix. These are called “high risk” types of HPV.
- If these types of HPV are not found, you do not need any further tests.
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 should automatically be on our register if you:
- are aged 25 to 65
- have a Personal Public Service (PPS) number
You should also be on our register if you have previously had a cervical screening test through CervicalCheck.
Check here to see if you are on registerCheck the register and see when your next test is due
If you are 25 to 65 years of age and due to have your test you do not need to wait for a letter to book your test.
To update personal details with cervical check:
You can update your personal details in this link