Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in women under 35. Luckily, it’s also one of the most preventable, which is why we’re here to tell you about the wonders of cervical screening.

Let’s talk about cervical screening.

You’ve probably heard it called a smear test, and if you’re 25 you’ll be getting an invite in the post to go and have one done, if you’ve not already. It’s a test to detect any abnormalities or infections in your cervix – catching that kind of thing early enough can prevent you developing cervical cancer later on.

It’s a great system, right? That’s why it’s so bizarre that fewer people than ever are taking up their invites and booking an appointment.

One in three women aged between 25-29 don’t attend their cervical screening appointments each year. That’s one in three women that are putting themselves at risk needlessly.

We know it can feel a bit embarrassing, but trust us, it’s totally worth it if it means you get to stay healthy. This short video from Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust might help put your mind at ease. While you’re on their site take a look at some of the other great content they’ve got, or find out how you can raise awareness of cervical cancer with their #SmearForSmear campaign.