This screening test detects abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix (see CERVIX UTERI), enabling an aﬀected woman to have early treatment. The National Health Service has arrangements to check women regularly. A woman’s ﬁrst test should be within six months of her ﬁrst experience of intercourse and thereafter at three-yearly intervals for the rest of her life. The test is simple, with some cells being scraped oﬀ the cervix with a spatula and the tissue then being examined microscopically.
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