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Practice nurse basics - the cervical smear test

Practice nurse basics - the cervical smear test

Cervical cytology

Julie Smith
Specialist Nurse
General Practice Nursing
Chaddlewood Surgery

Cancer Research UK states that cervical cancer is one of the few cancers that is preventable because precancerous cell changes can be picked up in a screening test.(1) The number of deaths from cervical cancer has been decreasing over the past 20 years, due in part to the introduction of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme in 1987, although screening has been available in the UK since 1967.

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