Cervical screening

Cervical cancer is the 12th most common cancer in women in Scotland.

Cervical screening aims to detect and treat abnormal changes in a woman's cervix (the neck of the womb) which, if left untreated, may develop into invasive cervical cancer.

In Scotland, all women between the ages of 20 and 60 years old are offered a cervical screening test (also known as a smear test) every three years. Some, but not all, changes found by cervical screening tests may give an early warning sign of the possibility of developing cervical cancer. By dealing with this at an early stage, many cervical cancers can be stopped before they start. In this way, cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives every year in the UK and prevents eight out of ten cervical cancers developing.

For more information on cervical screening, speak to your GP, practice nurse or visit NHS inform.