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Cervical screening

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Cervical smears tests are available at most of our clinics. A cervical smear every three years reduces your risk of developing cervical cancer.

During a cervical smear, cells are taken from the cervix with a very small tool called a brush or a broom.

If you’re female and aged between 20 and 70 years, a smear test every three years can detect changes in the cervical cells which can lead to cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer is caused by certain types of the human papillomavirus (HPV). It is one of the most preventable of all cancers.

Our clinics are linked to the National Cervical Screening Programme so once you’ve had a smear test with us you’ll get reminders for your next one in three years.

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