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A colposcopy is a procedure to have a close look at your cervix. It can check for abnormal cells and whether these are likely to turn into cancer. Cells can then be treated or removed to reduce your risk of cancer.
A colposcopy tests for abnormal cells in your cervix. It can check whether the cells are likely to turn into cervical cancer. These can then be treated or removed, reducing your risk of developing cancer.
You may be offered a colposcopy if you’ve had an abnormal result from a cervical screening (smear) test. This could mean you’re at higher risk of cervical cancer. You might also be referred for a colposcopy if you’ve had symptoms of cervical cancer.
It’s natural to feel a little worried if you’ve been invited for a colposcopy. But it’s rare for a colposcopy to find cervical cancer. Around four in 10 colposcopy results are normal. Most abnormal changes are ‘low grade’ changes that usually go away on their own. If more serious, the cells can be treated or removed.
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