A cervical smear test is a method of detecting abnormal (pre-cancerous) cells in the neck of the womb called the cervix. These tests are performed in order to prevent cervical cancer in women. The vast majority of women have normal smear test results, but for 1 in 20 women, the test will show some abnormal changes in the cells in the cervix. A very few of these cases will require treatment to prevent them from becoming cancerous.
In Scotland all women aged between 25 and 49 are invited for cervical screening every three years. All women aged between 50 and 64 are invited every five years. It is estimated that early detection and treatment can prevent up to 8 out of 10 cervical cancers. For further information about the cervical smear programme in Scotland, please click here.
If you would like to arrange your smear test, please phone Reception to book an appointment with our experienced Practice Nurse on 01875 610248.