Cervical Screening Awareness Week 2022

This week is important. It’s Cervical Screening Awareness Week 2022 (20-26 June)

We’re supporting Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust because we want you to have all the facts about this potentially life-saving test.

Cervical screening can stop cervical cancer from ever developing, but we know that the test isn’t always easy.

Did you know almost one in three women and people with a cervix don’t take up their invite? We want to change that, and you can help!

It’s simple, share your tips, experiences and help break down some of the confusion and anxiety that exists around the test.

Find out more: www.jostrust.org.uk


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.

Click here for more information on Cervical Screening.

When do I go for my Cervical Screening?

All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 should be invited by letter.

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'll get your results by letter, usually in about 2 weeks. It will explain what happens next.

When will I be invited back for my next screening?

You will be invited back:

  • every year (if you have high-risk for HPV)
  • every 3 years (aged 25 to 49)
  • every 5 years (aged 50 to 64)
  • straight to colposcopy for more tests

Benefits of cervical screening

You are invited for cervical screening because evidence shows that the benefits of the test outweigh any risks.

Along with the HPV vaccine, cervical screening is the best way to protect against cervical cancer and prevents over 7 in 10 diagnoses.

However, like any screening test, cervical screening is not perfect and there are some risks - and of course, Cervical Screening is a choice - read more here.

Booking my Cervical Screening

Try to book your appointment as soon as you get invited. If you missed your last cervical screening, you do not need to wait for a letter.

Click here for more information on how to book your Cervical Screening.

More information

You may need more help and support with cervical screening for many reasons. Speak to your GP surgery if you have questions about cervical screening invitations, results, or any symptoms you have.

Additionally, if you or someone you know has questions about HPV, cervical screening, cell changes or cervical cancer, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust can help. There is information you can trust with the help of experts and people with personal experience.