Cervical smear tests save lives. Since the National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) started the number of women who die from cervical cancer has dropped by nearly two-thirds.

Most cervical cancers develop from an infection – called HPV, or the human papillomavirus – that almost everybody is exposed to if they have had sex. But with regular smear tests (every 3 years) HPV can be detected and treated, before it becomes cancer.

The NCSP recommends that all women between the ages 20-70 are tested every three years.

The Ministry of Health's 'Time to Screen' website provides a comprehensive overview of:


Contact details

Contact the National Cervical Screening Programme to register for screening reminders, change your contact details, or request copies of your information held on the register. Here is how to get in touch with them.