Every year there are more than 3,000 cases of cervical cancer in the UK. Cervical cancer is dangerous; 99.8% of cases are preventable through regular screening tests and follow-ups. Cervical cancer can affect women of all ages but primarily affect women 30 – 45 years of age. Cervical screenings are free health tests offered to women between the age of 25 and 64 to prevent cervical cancer. You will receive a letter from NHS England inviting you for cervical screening when you turn 25, and at regular times afterwards, it will depend on age and the outcome of your last test. It usually takes around two weeks to get your cervical screening results back by post.
Cervix cancer is preventable and curable if detected at an early stage. Around 1 in 4 women in the UK do not attend their cervical screening. It is important to attend your cervical screening when you are invited, as it plays a vital role in detecting cervical changes early and preventing cervical cancer.
Leading UK private gynaecology and urogynaecology practice, London Women’s Centre, have produced an informative infographic explaining the most effective ways to prevent cervical cancer.