Cervical screening aims to monitor the health of the cervix, or the neck of the womb. Many changes can occur in the cells in this sensitive area, caused by a variety of factors. Most minor changes are benign, but some can indicate a risk of cancer. Although the function of the test is not to diagnose cervical cancer, it can pick up on early signs which might later develop into cancer and help to prevent it in time.

We recommend Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust – the only UK charity dedicated to women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities – for the most up-to-date and detailed information.