A woman's cervix is the lower, narrow part of her uterus. It connects the uterus to the birth canal. Cervical cancer starts in cells that are on the surface of the cervix.
Cervical cancer deaths have dropped sharply as Pap screenings have become more prevalent. Most cervical cancer is found in women who have not had regular screenings.
Understanding Cervical Cancer
What can you do to prevent cervical cancer?
Cervical cancer is one of the few types of cancer that doctors know how to prevent. There are two key prevention steps:
- Regular Pap tests. Women ages 21 to 29 should have a Pap test every three years. Women ages 30 to 65 should have a Pap test every five years. Pap tests are done to find and treat any precancerous cells as soon as possible, before they change into true cancer.
- Prevent precancerous cells. Avoid contact with the HPV virus, consider getting the HPV vaccine, and do not smoke.
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Detection and Treatment
If your physician believes you might have cervical cancer, you may need one or more of the following tests to be sure:
Find out more about cancer screening guidelines
What are common treatments for cervical cancer?
The following are the most common treatments for cervical cancer and are available throughout the ProMedica system. These treatments are used together or separately, depending on your situation. They are often paired with nutrition, exercise, and support for you and your family.
Talk to your doctor about cervical cancer diagnosis and treatment options.
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