Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why You Just Have to Go for Your Smear Test

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why You Just Have to Go for Your Smear Test

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GOING for your first smear test is something lots of young women feel scared and embarrassed about.

But for the sake of a few uncomfortable minutes, you could be saving your ability to have children, or even your life.

It really is one of the most important medical screening tests you'll ever be invited to.

ARE THERE ANY WOMEN WHO DON'T NEED TO GO? No. All women over the age of 25 will be invited for screening every three years (every five years for women over 50).

You should still go even if you are not sexually active, and you should still go if you have had the HPV vaccine while at school. This vaccine provides some protection against a virus which can cause cervical cancer, but does not eliminate the risk.

WHAT'S INVOLVED? A smear test is carried out in a private room at your GP's surgery, or at a well woman or sexual health clinic. …

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