Cervical cancer is the twelfth most common type of cancer in women in the UK. The number of cases diagnosed each year has fallen in recent years. This is because cervical cancer can be prevented by regular cervical screening tests.
Cervical screening prevents 75% of cervical cancers from developing, yet one in four women still don’t attend.
Most cases develop in women aged in their 30s or 40s. Some cases develop in older and younger women. It is rare in women aged under 25 years.
The NHS cervical screening programme invites women aged between 25 and 64 for cervical screening. The screening test can pick up abnormal cells that could develop into cervical cancer if left untreated.