Don’t ignore your cervical screening invite letter. If you missed your last one, book an appointment with your GP practice now. 

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Cervical screening

  • Women aged 25-64 in Kingston are being encouraged to take up the offer of cervical screening when they are invited, by booking an appointment at their GP practice.
  • The cervical screening test can stop cancer before it starts. 
  • Two women die every day from cervical cancer in England. It is most common in young women aged 25-29. 
  • The number of people missing their test invitation has increased. This is about one third of eligible women in Kingston, and particularly younger women aged 25-29, who are more at risk. 
  • But cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. 

Life is really busy, but it is so important to make time to have this quick test to prevent cancer.   Please also encourage your loved ones and friends to get the test too.

What is the screening test?

Women and those with a cervix aged 25 to 64 are eligible for a cervical screening test.  The invitation for screening is offered once every three or five years depending on a person’s age. 

The screening test looks at the health of the cervix by checking for a virus called high-risk HPV. HPV is a common virus, and having it does not mean you have cervical cancer.  The test is the best way to find out who is at higher risk, and prevent potentially harmful cells from developing.  

The cervical screening test only lasts about five minutes.  It’s very common for women to worry that it will be uncomfortable, or feel embarrassed about going to their appointment.  Talking to the GP or nurse about these worries means they can help reassure women about the screening test, and answer any questions.

Learn more:

An easy reading guide with pictures and clear explanation about cervical screening is also available.  Learn more:

An audio file is also available here