Home Health Importance of cervical screening

Importance of cervical screening

by Jonathan Kearney

Cervical screening awareness week takes place from 17 to 23 June 2024.

National research shows that one in three people don’t attend their cervical screening test.

Cervical Screening Awareness week aims to encourage all women to have regular cervical screening as well as to provide information and reassurance around any fears or embarrassment that women may have concerning taking the test.

Regular cervical screening is important as it can detect abnormal cell changes in the cervix, which are common and often improve naturally, but sometimes these changes need treatment because there is a risk that they may develop into cancer.

Abnormal changes cause no symptom. You will not know that you have them unless you have cervical screening.

Screening finds abnormal cell changes. These cells can then be treated.

Invitations are sent to women, some transgender men and some non-binary people who are registered with a GP. Every three years for 25–49-year-olds and every five years for 50–64-year-olds.

If you’ve missed your appointment, it’s not too late to get screened. Contact your GP to make an appointment.

You can find out more about cancer screening via Early Detect. Early Protect.