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Cervical cancer

Illustration of female standing with cervix area highlightedCervical cancer is a cancer of the cells of the cervix (neck of the womb). Between 2008 and 2010, on average there were 308 cases of cervical cancer per year in Ireland and 88 recorded deaths in 2010 - National Cancer Registry Ireland (NCRI).

Cervical cells change slowly and take many years to develop into cancer cells, making cervical cancer a preventable disease.

The risk of cervical cancer can be reduced by:

  • Having regular smear tests to pick up any early cell changes
  • Stopping smoking (for help contact the National Smokers’ Quitline on Freephone 1850 201 203)
  • Visiting a doctor to discuss any concerns or symptoms such as irregular vaginal bleeding, spotting or discharge.

Cervical cancer does not run in families. Daughters and other female relatives of women with abnormal smear tests, pre-cancerous cells (CIN) or cervical cancer do not have an increased risk of abnormal smear tests, pre-cancerous cells or cervical cancer.


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Is cuid den tSeirbhís Náisiúnta Scagthástála é CervicalCheck
Bosca Oifig Phoist 161, Luimneach
Saorghlao 1800 45 45 55
CervicalCheck is part of the National Cancer Screening Service
PO Box 161 Limerick
Freephone 1800 45 45 55

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Is cuid den Rannóg Sláinte agus Folláine i bhFeidhmeannacht na Seirbhíse Sláinte í an tSeirbhís Náisiúnta Scagthástála. Cuimsíonn sí BreastCheck – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Cíoch, CervicalCheck – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Ceirbheacs, BowelScreen – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Putóige agus Diabetic RetinaScreen – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Reitiní do Dhiaibéitigh.

The National Screening Service is part of the Health and Wellbeing Division of the Health Service Executive. It encompasses BreastCheck – The National Breast Screening Programme, CervicalCheck – The National Cervical Screening Programme, BowelScreen – The National Bowel Screening Programme and Diabetic RetinaScreen – The National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme.