Cytology – Cervical screening

What is Cervical screening?

Cervical screening is not a test for diagnosing cervical cancer.  It is a test to check the health of the cervix, which is the lower part of the womb ( often called the neck of the womb).

For many women the test results show that everything is fine. For one in 10 women, the test shows changes in the cells that can be caused by many things.

Most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer.

Key Benefits

  • Cervical cancer can often be prevented
  • The signs that it may develop can be spotted early on so it can be stopped before it even gets started
  • Cervical screening saves over 1000 lives in the UK each year, but unfortunately about 1500 women die from cervical cancer in the UK every year