European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week
To mark the European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (ECCPW) Cairde is reminding women aged 25 to 60 how important it is to have their smear test done regularly.
Women aged 25 to 60 should have a smear test every three to five years, depending on their age. CervicalCheck provides free smear tests and women have a choice of over 4,600 male and female smeartakers nationwide. If you haven’t already had a free smear test, you don’t need an invitation letter or to register with CervicalCheck. To arrange a smear test you simply contact a registered smeartaker of your choice to make an appointment.
It’s easy to check the date your next smear test is due on www.cervicalcheck.ie by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55. Remember a smear test only takes 10 minutes and is free.
GPs, practice nurses, Family Planning, Women’s Health and Well Woman Clinics all over Ireland are registered to provide free smear tests. For details of all registered smeartakers you can call CervicalCheck on Freephone 1800 45 45 55 or visit www.cervicalcheck.ie.
A smear test can pick up cell changes on the cervix (neck of the womb). If these cell changes are not found and treated, over time they can turn into cancer cells. A CervicalCheck smear test is a really simple procedure that only takes minutes.
If you have already had a CervicalCheck smear test, CervicalCheck will write to you when your next smear test is due – and if you change address, be sure to let CervicalCheck know your new contact details.
The European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (ECCPW) takes place from 20 to 26 January.