Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix. Almost all cases are caused by a virus called human papilomavirus (HPV). This is a very common virus that most people will have at some time during their life.
Only certain types of HPV cause cervical cancer. Your screening test will look for high-risk types of HPV. By finding cell changes early, screening can prevent cervical cancer from developing.
The cervical screening test only takes about five minutes. It is usually carried out by a nurse in a private room. Here's the process:
Remember: You can take somebody with your for support if you wish. Talk to your practice nurse if you have any concerns.