What does it mean for "negative" smear result?

A “negative” result means no abnormal cells are detected. Although cervical smear screening is an effective way of screening cervical cancer, but it is not 100% accurate. About 5% to 20% will show false negative result. Therefore, a “negative” or “normal” result means the chance of having cancerous changes in the cervix is much lowered. As abnormal cervical cells usually takes around 5 to 10 years to develop into cancer, if you have regular cervical smear screening, the negative impact of the false negative result can be offset.