“Therefore, cervical cancer screenings are so vital to attend for those eligible,” he continued.
“Women and people who have a cervix are called up for their first cervical screening just before they reach the age of 25.
“It is then offered every three years. Alongside this, young teenagers are offered the HPV vaccine, which helps protect against cancers caused by the virus.”
The NHS noted that women will continue to be invited for a smear test up till the age of 64.
If you believe you are due a smear test and have not yet received an invitation by the post, you should contact your GP surgery.
The national health service added: “Try not to put off cervical screening. It’s one of the best ways to protect yourself from cervical cancer.”
Results of your smear test will usually be communicated to you via your doctor or through a letter.
Mr Jay Chatterjee is a consultant gynae-oncologist at The Lister Hospital, part of HCA Healthcare UK.