Help Us Help You – Cervical Screening

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Two women die every day from cervical cancer in England.

Cervical Cancer is one of the most preventable cancers and getting screened can help stop it before it starts.

Screening helps prevent cervical cancer by checking for a virus called high-risk HPV which causes nearly all cervical cancers.

This is the best way to find out who is at higher risk of developing the cervical cell changes that over time could potentially lead to cervical cancer.

If you’re worried or embarrassed about your screening, you might consider the tips below:

Discuss Your Concerns

You can ask for a smaller speculum or the nurse can advise you on different positions to make it more comfortable.
You can also ask your nurse about breathing exercises, as these can help.


Take a podcast or music to listen to – this may help you relax or distract you during your appointment.


You might want to wear a skirt or dress or a long jumper, which you can keep on during the test. If you forget to do this, don’t worry – you’ll be provided with a disposable modesty sheet to cover yourself.

The Right Nurse For You

If you want to make sure a woman carries out your test, you can ask for this when you make your appointment.

Non-urgent advice: Remember

Cervical screening can help stop cancer before it starts, so don’t ignore your invite. If you missed your last one, book an appointment with your GP practice or local sexual health clinic today.

Cervical Screening Saves Lives