Why cervical screening is important
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Cervical screening tests for human papillomaviruses that can cause changes to the cells in the cervix. If not treated, cell changes can become cancer.
The risks of cervical screening include light bleeding or spotting after the test. If you need treatment, there are other risks, such as infection.
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