You can participate in the cervical cancer screening programme. The government provides the research because the advantages of the screening outweigh the disadvantages for a large group of women. This may be different for you personally. You decide whether you want to be examined.
This page lists the main advantages and disadvantages of the cervical cancer screening programme. This allows you to decide yourself whether you want to participate in the screening or not.
Advantages of cervical cancer screening
The screening is particularly succesful in detecting the preliminary stages of cancer.
Treatment in a preliminary stage can prevent cervical cancer from developing.
Disadvantages of cervical cancer screening
For the sake of certainty, a preliminary stage is always treated. Whereas it may sometimes go away on its own. In such cases, treatment would not have been necessary.
Some women feel uncomfortable having the smear test taken.