The method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix is termed as cervical screening test (earlier known as smear test). The cervix is the entrance to the womb from the vagina. Detecting and removing abnormal cervical cells can prevent cervical cancer. Cervical screening is a test to check the health of the cervix and not a test for cancer.
Most women’s test results show that everything is normal, but for around 1 in 20 women the test shows some abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix.
For more information about cervical screening, visit a sexual health clinic.