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Cervical screening

12 July 2021

Last month it was Cervical Screening Awareness Week and Richmond Council would like to remind its residents of the importance of regular cervical screening (a smear test) for women's health.

Cervical cancer is the most common form of cancer in women under 35, with two women in the UK per day dying from the disease. Evidence suggests regular cervical screening appointments can prevent up to 75% of instances of cervical cancer, saving 5,000 lives per year.

The NHS cervical screening programme invites women between the ages of 25 to 64 for screening - this includes anyone with a cervix, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity. An invitation is sent every three years to those who are aged 25 to 49, then every five years until the age of 64. To be invited, you need to be registered with a GP surgery.

Contact your GP surgery online or by phone if you think you are due to have cervical screening but have not been sent an invite.

Find out more information via the NHS website.

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Updated: 12 July 2021