The cervical screening test (smear test) is designed to check cells from your cervix (neck of the womb) for any changes so that they can be monitored or treated. Without treatment these changes can sometimes develop into cervical cancer.
Cervical screening is routinely offered every three years to women aged between 25 and 49 and every five years to women aged between 50 and 64. Women on non-routine screening (where screening results have shown changes that require further investigation or follow-up) will be invited up to the age of 70.
In Scotland, all girls in their second year of secondary school (S2) are routinely invited to get the HPV vaccine between 11 and 13 years of age. The vaccine is designed to protect against the two types of HPV that cause 75% of cases of cervical cancer. But it doesn't protect against all other types, so regular cervical screening is important.
Posted: 6 February 2019