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Let's talk about cervical cancer

Are you taking part in the cervical cancer population screening? Do you opt for the smear test at your GP practice or for a self-test at home? Still in doubt? Judica, Meltem, Kim and others have already done the test and want to share their experience with you. Because talking about this helps you make an informed choice. Here, you can also find everything you want to know about population screening, HPV and cervical cancer.

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What is cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer is caused by long-term infection with HPV, the Human Papillomavirus; a common virus that almost all people get once in their lifetime. Usually, the body clears HPV on its own within two years. If not, abnormal cells may develop. Abnormal cells can turn into precancerous stages of cervical cancer. Treating this will prevent cancer from developing. Precancerous stages can turn into cervical cancer. This is a very slow process; 10 to 15 years in most cases. Population screening enables early detection of cancer. The effects of cervical cancer are smaller if the disease is detected in time.

8 in 10 people will get HPV once in their lifetime.

HPV is mainly transmitted during sexual contact.

Cervical cancer is most common in young people between the ages of 30 and 45.

Why should I take part in the screening?

Cervical cancer usually does not cause any symptoms. So you often don’t notice it. Population screening may detect it. If detected early, cervical cancer can be prevented. By taking part in the population screening, you are less likely to get cervical cancer.

Are you experiencing any symptoms?

Wait no longer for the invitation, but make an appointment with your general practitioner immediately!

It’s that simple!


Around your 30th birthday, you will receive an invitation to take part in the screening.

The choice is yours

You decide whether to take part or not.

How do you take part?

You can take part in two ways. With a self-sampling device at home or with a smear test at your GP practice.

Request the self-test