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Under 25 and screening

1. When you should have a test
2. When you may not need a cervical screening test
3. Under 25 and screening

Anyone under the age of 25 isn't invited for screening. This is because there is no evidence that screening would be of any benefit to them.

At this stage in life, normal cell changes in the cervix can look very like abnormal cells. These normal changes are part of your body's development.

If we tested you when you are under 25, changes that are normal might be treated as abnormal. You could be sent for treatment when you don't need it. This could cause you unnecessary worry.

Invasive cervical cancer is also very rare at this age.

If you're under 25 and worried about your risk of developing cervical cancer, you should talk to your GP. If you're concerned about other aspects of your sexual health, you should also talk to your GP.