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Women aged 25 to 64 automatically get invited to cervical screenings (also known as 'smear tests'). Regular screenings greatly lower the risk of getting cervical cancer.
You can decide if you want to get screening invites and reminders or not. If you don’t want to get invites and reminders, you can opt-out of the NHS cervical screening programme.
Before you opt-out
Cervical screenings lower the chances of you getting cervical cancer. In England, cervical screenings currently prevent 70% cervical cancer deaths. If you’re thinking of opting-out, book an appointment with one of our nurses to talk through your concerns.
To help you decide, read more about the benefits of cervical screenings.
How to opt-out
You’ll need to download, fill out and sign our cervical screening opt-out letter template (PDF).
Email your signed letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line ‘cervical screening opt-out’.
We’ll write back to you as soon as possible to confirm we have removed your name from the cervical screening invite list.
If you can’t send us a signed letter by email, call our support team on +44 (0) 330 808 2217 or email email@example.com with the subject line ‘cervical screening opt-out’.
After you opt-out
You will not get reminders or invites for cervical screenings. You can opt-in again at any time by contacting our support team.
To protect you from cervical cancer, we recommend you have regular screenings even if you opt-out. You can book cervical screenings at private clinics across the UK and in other countries, if you’re moving abroad.