All women aged 25–70 who have been sexually active should have a regular screening to protect against cervical cancer.
Cervical screenings are the best way to protect against developing cervical cancer. The test screens for abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix. Because these changes happen slowly, regular smears means there's a high likelihood that any abnormal cells will be found and treated before they become cancer.
The best time to have a screening is after your last menstrual period. To have your screening with a doctor or nurse, make an appointment with Student Health.
From November 2019, the cervical screening start age is changing from 20 to 25 years. Click here to find out more.