How cancers are diagnosed

Cervical screening and CIN

Cervical screening looks for changes to cells in the cervix before they become cancerous. It is also known as a cervical smear, or smear test.

  • About cervical screening

    Cervical screening checks for abnormal cell changes in the cervix. Finding and treating these changes can prevent cancer developing.

  • Colposcopy and CIN

    A colposcopy is a test that shows any abnormal areas of the cervix and how abnormal the cells there are.

  • Understanding your test results

    If you have an abnormal result, this does not mean you have cancer. You may need some more tests.

  • Understanding treatment

    If a colposcopy shows abnormal cells, you may have treatment to remove or destroy them.