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Cervical Screening Programme

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.

Useful websites:

England: www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/cervical

Wales: www.screeningservices.org.uk/csw/pub

Northern Ireland -  www.cancerscreening.hscni.net/cervical/toc.html

Scotland -   www.healthscotland.com/topics/health-topics/screening/cervical.aspx