The NHS cervical screening programme invites women aged between 25 and 64 for cervical screening. Screening also applies to other people within this age range who have a cervix, such as trans men. 

The screening test aims to pick up changes early that could develop into cervical cancer if left untreated.

About cervical screening

Cervical screening aims to prevent cervical cancer from developing. Find out about the NHS screening programme and how you have the test.

Cervical screening results

Most people have a normal screening test result. Find out what happens if you don't have a normal result.

Cervical screening for women with learning disabilities

If you care for someone with learning disabilities it's important you both understand what happens at a cervical screening test. Find out more about what's involved. 

Last reviewed: 
27 Feb 2020
Next review due: 
23 Feb 2023
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