HPV and oral contraception: your questions answered
The NHS Cervical Screening Programme aims to reduce the number of women who develop invasive cervical cancer and the number of women who die from it. It does this by regularly screening all women at risk so that conditions that might otherwise develop into invasive cancer can be identified and treated. All women between the ages of 20 and 64 are eligible for a free cervical smear test every 3–5 years. Around 70% of health authorities invite women every three years.