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Cervical screening

Regular surveillance of your cervix is an essential way to protect yourself from cervical cancer.

The purpose of a smear is to take cells from the surface of the cervix, which can then be examined under a microscopic to detect changes to the cells before they become cancerous, so that they may be removed preventatively.

We strongly encourage all women who are aged 25 and 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).