Cervical Smears and Swabs

Cervical Smears A cervical smear is a screening test aiming to identify women with pre-cancerous changes in order to initiate therapy before cancer develops. Women aged 25 - 64 are routinely invited to have a smear test once every 3 years until the age of 49, then once every 5 years until the age of 64. Around 80% of the women invited attend. Routine screening can prevent up to 75% of cervical cancer but unfortunately there are still around 2500 cases of cervical cancer per annum in the UK. Half of those cases occur in women who have never had a smear test, making non-attendance at routine screening the biggest risk factor in developing cervical cancer. Other risk factors include: smoking first sexual intercourse at a young age multiple sexual partners, or sexual contact with a person who has had multiple sexual partners. taking immunosuppressant drugs