Cervical Screening

Attending your cervical screening appointment could save your life.

Cervical Screening
Cervical Screening
Sgrinio Serfigol

What is Cervical Cancer?

Cervical Cancer is cancer of the cervix. It is the most common cancer in women under the age of 35.

Every year about 160 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in Wales. Cervical screening can detect this earlier and can prevent it from developing.

Almost all cervical cancers are caused by the HPV virus (human papillomaomavirus) which most people will have at some point during their lives.

What is Cervical Screening?

Cervical screening is also known as the smear test. The screening will look for high-risk types of HPV that can cause cell changes. Through early detection, screening can prevent cervical cancer from developing.

Women aged between 25 and 64 years old are invited for cervical screening every five years.

If you do not identify as a woman or are transgender, aged 25 to 64 and have a cervix, you can have cervical screening, but we may not be able to invite you. You will need to arrange screening with your doctor or clinic.

If you would prefer to be seen by a female doctor or nurse during your appointment, you can ask when booking.

Support Groups

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is the UK’s leading cervical cancer charity. They provide trustworthy information, campaign for change and provide support at every step.

Cancer Research Uk provides help, support and advice to those living with cancer. They look at ways in which they can help you cope practically, emotionally and physically throughout your experience.

Marie Curie is the UK’s leading end of life charity. They provide frontline nursing and hospice care, a free support line and a wealth of information and support on all aspects of dying, death and bereavement.

Macmillan Cancer Support is there to do whatever it takes to support people living with cancer. They provide emotional, practical, physical and financial support for every stage of your cancer experience.

Cervical cancer symptoms

  • Vaginal bleeding that is unusual for you
  • Changes to your vaginal discharge
  • Pain during sex
  • Pain in your lower back between your hip bones, or in your lower tummy.

    If you have another condition like fibroids or endometriosis you may get symptoms like this often. If however, your symptoms change, get worse, or do not feel normal for you, please contact your GP. Having these symptoms does not mean you have cervical cancer but it is important to have them checked by a GP.