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Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

cervical cancer ribbonFacts about cervical cancer:

  • About 10,000 women get cervical cancer every year in the United States
  • Almost 4,000 women die from it
  • Almost 50% of women who die from cervical cancer are age 65 and older
  • Cervical Cancer is the most preventable female cancer
  • There is a test to look for the disease in the early stages.
  • 95% women are cured if disease found early
  • Cervical cancer is not hereditary like other cancers

 

What causes cervical cancer?

  • A virus called HPV can cause normal cells on your cervix to turn abnormal
  • Over many years, abnormal cells can turn into cancer if they are not found and treated by your doctor
  • There are often NO signs of disease in early stages
  • It can take 10 to 15 years (or more) for abnormal cells to turn into cancer
  • Later possible signs of cervical cancer:
    • Pelvic pain
    • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
    • Pain during sex
    • Increased vaginal discharge

Testing for cervical cancer:

A Pap test collects cervical cells during a Pelvic exam. Your doctor can then tell if you have an infection, abnormal (unhealthy) cervical cells, or cervical cancer.

 

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