Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, and cervical screening is a woman’s best defence. Cervical screening detects human papillomavirus (known as HPV). HPV is a common infection that can cause cervical cell changes that may lead to cervical cancer.
Most women can have a cervical screen with a general practitioner; however, if the cervix is hard to reach or HPV is detected, follow-up with a Gynaecologist is recommended to discuss the best course of action. A colposcopy or large loop excision of the transformation zone (LLETZ) may be recommended.