The cervix is covered with a layer of skin-like cells on its outer surface, called the ectocervix. The results of your cervical screening test are based on the examination of the cells from the surface of the ectocervix. The test detects whether there are abnormal cells present.
Jo's Trust Case Study
Paula describes her experience with cervical screening and abnormal cervical cells:
My tests had always come back clear until my routine screening in August 2007. I was 32 years old at the time and had attended my regular appointment, not thinking anything of it. However, a few days later I received a letter confirming that they had found abnormal cells on my cervix and that I was being referred for a colposcopy, a cervical examination.
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