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Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer can be prevented through the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and the cervical screening “smear test”

Key Points around Cervical Cancer

  • Cervical cancer can be prevented through the HPV Vaccine and the Cervical Screening “Smear Test”
  • Cervical Screening is available for all women and people with a cervix aged 25-64.
  • Cervical screening usually takes place every 3-5 years depending on your age and risk factors such as family and medical history.
  • The HPV vaccine is given to girls and boys aged 12 to 13 years at School Year 8.
  • As well as protecting against Cervical Cancer, the HPV vaccine also protects everyone against other forms of cancer.
  • If you missed the HPV vaccine in school Year 8, you can have it free on the NHS up until your 25th birthday.

What is HPV?



How can you reduce your risk of cervical cancer?              

All women and people with a cervix aged 25-64 should ensure their GP practice has their up to date contact details, so they continue to get cervical screening invitations. 

We want to ensure all women and people with a cervix know how cervical cancer can be prevented. This means:  

Cervical screen for trans men and non-binary people


More information on cervical screening for trans men and/or non-binary people can be found on Jo’s Trust website

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HPV vaccine

Parents and carers of boys and girls aged 12 to 13 years, who have missed their HPV vaccine offered in Year 8 at school, should contact their school immunisation team or GP practice as their child can still get the vaccination for free on the NHS up until their 25th birthday.
The vaccine is effective at stopping people getting the high-risk types of HPV that cause cancer, including most cervical cancers and some anal, genital, mouth and throat (head and neck) cancers.  It's important to have both doses to be properly protected.


Cervical Screening

Invites to attend screening take place every three years for those aged between 25 and 49, and every five years if aged 50 to 64.  Women who are 65 or over and have not been screened since they were 50 or have had recent abnormal tests or have never been screened before, are also still eligible for screening.

Watch the accessible information videos to help explain what happens during a cervical screening test and link this sentence to the new web page.


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