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Cervical Screening – Don’t Ignore It (Scotland Only)

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Even if you expect everything’s fine, don’t ignore your invite!

In Scotland, cervical screening is offered to anyone with a cervix aged between 25 and 64.

The cervical screening test (smear test) is designed to check your cervix for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which causes 99% of cervical cancers but has no symptoms.

The test should take no more than five minutes and could save your life.

Two people die from cervical cancer every day but a smear test can help stop it before it starts.

“I’ve done hundreds, if not thousands, of smear tests during my career so far. It can be a nervous time for some so I do what I can to put them at ease and always remind them that there’s no such thing as a silly question.

Afterwards, most people – especially those who have gone for the first time – are surprised by how quickly it’s all over. It takes just minutes, and could stop cancer before it starts.”

Practice Nurse Mary Horne, NHS Lothian

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