I'm over 65 - why can't I have screening?

In Wales, women are invited for cervical smears up to the age of 64. The screening programme stops then because women who have had normal screening results up to this time are very unlikely to go on to develop cervical cancer in later years. 

Although cervical cancer does occur in older women, it is often in women who have had no smears, or who have not had enough smears in the past. Even if all your past smears were normal, it is very important that you report any unusual bleeding or discharge to your GP.

Women over the age of 65, who have never attended cervical screening, can request a test.