Cervical Screening Awareness Week 15th to 21st June 2020
Cervical Screening week is an annual event that aims to highlight the importance of regular cervical screening for women’s health.
What is cervical Screening?
Cervical screening (commonly known as the ‘smear test’) involves taking a small sample of cells from the surface of your cervix. The sample is sent to a laboratory and checked under a microscope to see if there are any abnormal cells.
Depending on the result of the test, you may be offered another test (called a colposcopy) to look at your cervix more closely. If the person carrying out the colposcopy finds abnormal cells, they will suggest that you have the cells removed, usually during another colposcopy. This is how screening can prevent cervical cancer. Regular cervical screening appointments can prevent up to 75% of instances of cervical cancer, saving thousands of lives per year.
The screening clinics are managed by the Nurse Practitioners at the Primary Care Centre from Monday to Friday. The test currently offered is the PAP smear test and is done to prevent cervical cancer, not to diagnose cancer.
The first invitation for cervical screening is sent to all women at the age of 25 years. If they fail to attend they will be sent two further reminders.
Booking an appointment:
Appointments for cervical screening can be made by calling 20007910. Once an appointment is made, the Nurse Practitioner will make an assessment over the phone and offer an invite date to perform the PAP smear test if appropriate. For women already in the system, reminder letters will follow with appropriate instructions to book an appointment.
Cervical screening helps prevent cervical cancer.
The most invasive cervical cancers are found in women who do not have regular screening.
Click here for leaflet on cervical screening.