About Cervical Screening

Over the past few years, cervical screening attendance has been falling in Scotland and almost one in three women and people with a cervix don’t attend.

What is cervical screening?

Cervical screening is a free health test available on the NHS as part of the national cervical screening programme. It helps prevent cervical cancer by checking for a virus called high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cell changes (abnormal cells). It is not a test for cancer.

What are the benefits of cervical screening?

Cervical screening aims to identify whether you are at higher risk of developing cervical cell changes or cervical cancer. This means you can get any care or treatment you need early.

Who is invited for cervical screening?

In the UK, you are automatically invited for cervical screening if you are between the ages of 25 to 64 and registered as female with a GP surgery.

You may get your first invite up to 6 months before you turn 25. You can book an appointment as soon as you get the invite.

How often will I be invited for cervical screening?

Your cervical screening result will help decide when you are next invited for cervical screening. You may be invited every year, every 3 years, every 5 years, or straight to colposcopy for more tests.



Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust was the concept of London businessman, James Maxwell (1957 – 2003) in memory of his wife, Jo (1959 – 1999) who died from cervical cancer at the age of 40. We’re supporting Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust because we want you to have all the facts about this potentially life-saving test. Did you know that almost one in three women and people with a cervix don’t take up their invite? We want to change that, and you can help!

Have you been invited for cervical screening? Do you have questions or concerns?

Whether it’s questions about what happens at the test, or you want to talk about results, we’ve got the answers you need and information you can trust.

JOSTRUST.ORG.UK / 0808 802 8000


Cervical Screening Tips

Ask to book a longer appointment

This gives you time to ask questions and feel ready.

Bring someone you trust to the appointment

They can be with you in the waiting room or during your appointment.

Ask for a smaller speculum

A smaller size may be more comfortable for you.

Wear a skirt or dress

You can keep it on during your appointment to help feel more covered.

Talk to your nurse

If you need any support or have questions, your nurse can help.


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“The best thing about Jo’s is that everything it does is developed with and for the people it supports, from the information it produces, to the campaigns it runs, to how it delivers services. It’s run by real people who really care”.

— Robert, Jo’s Volunteer

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

Whether it’s questions about what happens at the test, or you want to talk about results, we’ve got the answers you need and information you can trust.

JOSTRUST.ORG.UK I 0808 802 8000

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