The NHS Cervical Screening Programme invites all women for regular tests. You should get a letter asking you to make an appointment to have a test when it is due.
Cervical screening is a free service on the NHS. Cervical cancer can be prevented if you have regular screening tests.
About 9 in 10 routine cervical screening tests are normal.
Cervical Screening Programmes:
- First invitation for screening in England and Northern Ireland is at age 25. It is age 20 in Scotland and Wales.
- Routine recall (repeat screening test):
- Age 25 years: first invitation to cervical screening in England and Northern Ireland.
- Age 25-49 years: cervical screening tests are every three years.
- Age 50-64 years: cervical screening tests are every five years.
- Age 65 years: routine cervical screening ceases.
- Women over 65 years of age should be screened if:
- They have not had a cervical screening test since the age of 50.
- A recent cervical screening test has been abnormal.
Northern Ireland - www.cancerscreening.hscni.net/cervical/toc.html
Scotland - www.healthscotland.com/topics/health-topics/screening/cervical.aspx