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Cervical cancer is largely preventable by regular screening and smear tests every 3 years which are recommended for all women aged 25-64. Smears are generally performed by one of our Practice Nurses.
The purpose of a smear test is to take cells from the surface of the cervix. These are then examined under a microscope to detect changes to the cells before they become cancerous. In this way, any abnormal cells can be removed preventatively.
We strongly encourage all women who are aged 25 or over and who have been sexually active to get their first smear done when they are 25 and then to re-attend for future routine smears as determined by their last smear results (typically at three year intervals from age 25-49 and five yearly from aged 50-64)
Written invitations are sent directly to patients when appropriate and once invited you can book an appointment by calling the practice. If, for any reason, you are unable to attend an appointment we would very much appreciate you contacting the surgery to cancel or re-arrange the appointment. Other patients may benefit from the released appointment.
You will receive the results of your smear in 4-6 weeks. Visit the NHS website for more information.