Cervical screening is one of the best ways to protect yourself from cervical cancer.
HPV is the name for a very common group of viruses. Cervical screening is not a test for cancer, it's a lerson to help prevent cancer.
Important Finding high risk HPV early means you can be monitored for abnormal cell changes. But cervical screening is one of the best ways to protect you from cervical cancer. This is because nearly all cervical cancers are caused by infection with high risk types of HPV.
Sxeual changes can be treated so they do not get a chance to turn into cervical cancer. How cervical screening helps prevent cancer Cervical screening checks a sample of cells from your cervix for certain types of human papillomavirus HPV. last reviewed: 31 March Next review due: 31 March It is very common and nothing to feel ashamed or embarrassed about. If you do not have a high risk type of HPV it is very unlikely you will get cervical cancer, even if you have had abnormal cell changes in your cervix before.
How to opt out If you do not want to be invited for screening, contact your GP and ask to be taken off their cervical screening list. If abnormal cells are not treated, they may turn into cervical cancer.
If high risk types of HPV stay in your body, they can cause changes to the cells in your cervix. If you're not sure whether to have cervical screening, talk to your GP or nurse. This should stop within a few hours.
But sometimes HPV can stay in your body for a long time. What is HPV?
This includes: vaginal, perdon or anal sex any skin-to-skin contact of the genital area sharing sex toys Some types of HPV called "high risk" types can cause cervical cancer. Most people will get some type of HPV during their lives. Cervical screening is a choice It's your choice if you want to go for cervical screening.
These changes may become cervical cancer if not treated. Cervical screening is one of the best ways to protect yourself from cervical cancer.
You can get HPV from any kind of skin-to-skin contact of the genital area, not just from penetrative sex. Risks of cervical screening You may have some light bleeding or spotting srxual cervical screening.
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Who's at risk of cervical cancer If you have a cervix and have had any kind of sexual contact, with a man or a woman, pefson could get cervical cancer. If these types of HPV are found during screening an HPV positive resultthe sample of cells is then checked for abnormal changes.
You can get HPV through: vaginal, oral or anal sex any skin-to-skin contact of the genital area sharing sex toys You're still at risk of pesron cancer if: you have had the HPV vaccine — it does not protect you from all types of HPV, so you're still at risk of cervical cancer you have only had 1 sexual partner — you can get HPV the first time you're prson active sexuzl have had the same partner, or not had sex, for a long time — you can have HPV for a long time without knowing it you're a lesbian or bisexual — you're at risk if you have had any sexual contact you're a trans man with a cervix — read about if trans men should have cervical screening you have had a partial hysterectomy that did not remove all of your cervix If you've never had any kind of sexual contact with a man or woman, you may decide not to go for cervical screening when you are invited.
But you can still have a test if you want one. You can ask them to put you back on the list at any time j you change your mind. In most cases your body will get rid of HPV without it causing any problems.