If you are between the ages of 25 and 64 in the UK, the NHS cervical screening programme will contact you every 3 to 5 years and ask you to go for a cervical screening test.

In Northamptonshire, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland letters are sent out 6 months prior to your 25th birthday to invite you to make an appointment for your first cervical screening test. After your first cervical screen, you will receive invitations every three years between the ages of 25 and 49. You will then be invited every five years between the ages of 50 and 64. It's important that you act on this and find the time - cervical screening saves lives.

Cervical screening is very important, it can stop cervical cancer from developing in the first place. This is one of the few cancers that is preventable because pre cancerous cell changes can be picked up before they have a chance to develop into a cancer.

Cervical cancer can often be prevented. The signs that it may develop can be spotted early on so it can be stopped before it even gets started. Around 900 women die of cervical cancer in England each year. However, many of those who develop it have not been screened regularly. Not going for cervical screening is one of the biggest risk factors for developing cervical cancer. Cancer Research UK scientists estimate that up to 4,500 lives will be saved each year in England by cervical screening. No excuses, go for your cervical screening test, after all you’re worth it!

Campaign produced by NHS Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire and NHS Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland PCT Cluster.

When you receive your letter make an appointment no excuses.