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EasyRead guide about cervical screening

At the moment very few women with a learning disability have a cervical screening test, also known as a smear test.

Some people think the reason why women don't get a smear test is because they are too embarrassed to talk about it or they don't know enough about the test.

All women whether they are in a relationship and having sex or not should talk to their doctor about being checked to stay healthy.

The test does not look for cancer it checks for changes. Some changes can become cancer.

Smear tests can prevent cervical cancer if the changes are found early enough, so get checked or encourage the person you care for to take a smear test.

Women can have a smear test every 3 years between 25 and 49.

Women over 50 can go every 5 years.

If you want to know more about what happens at a smear test you should watch the video or view the NHS EasyRead Guide which can be found below.