Cervical Screening and HPV

A cervical screening test, or smear test, is a method of detecting abnormal (pre-cancerous) cells on the cervix in order to prevent cervical cancer. Cervical screening checks the health of the cells, looking at what is happening inside the cells.

Most women’s test results show that everything is normal but for some some the test will show some abnormal changes inside the cells. In a minority of cases the abnormal cells need to be treated to prevent them becoming cancerous. This will result in the patient being invited to attend the Colposcopy Clinic. This appointment now comes direct from the Smears Service, no longer via your GP.

Changes in the cells are often caused by the vaccinating teenagers against HPV.

If your smear test shows abnormal changes you will automatically be tested for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

If you have any concerns about your result please arrange to speak to your doctor.