Your cervical smear test is the most effective way to detect changes in the cells of the cervix (neck of the womb).
Changes are common but your smear test can pick up on early changes so they can be monitored and treated. The earlier abnormal cell changes are found, the easier they are to treat. This is important as early detection and treatment of changes in the cells of the cervix can prevent cervical cancer.
Cervical smear tests are internationally accepted as a preventative health measure for cervical cancer. Although no screening test is 100% accurate, cervical screening (the smear test) is recognised as the most effective way of reducing a woman’s risk of developing cervical cancer.
It is a simple procedure that only takes minutes. It is free and recommended for women aged from 25 of 65 years who have ever been sexually active.
If eligible, you will need to register with the National Cervical Screening Programme to receive your free smear test. You may do this by logging onto their website at www.cervicalcheck.ie or alternatively you may contact them via their free phone number on 1800 45 45 55. You should then bring your letter of invitation for the free smear test with you to your check-up.