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Putting It All Together: Cervical Cancer

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 18:09

Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to cervical cancer.

  • Cervical cancer - cancer of the cervix, which is the lower part of the uterus - can be prevented.
  • Early-stage cervical cancer is almost 100% curable.
  • Every woman who has reached the age of 18 or who is or has been sexually active should have regular Pap tests.
  • Women who don't have regular Pap tests are much more apt to develop cervical cancer than women who do.
  • A woman's sexual habits and Pap test history are the best indicators of her chances of developing cervical cancer.
  • It is a myth that a woman only needs a Pap test if she is sexually permissive. Every woman over age 18 should get regular Pap tests.
  • Early-stage cervical cancer causes no symptoms. Abnormal bleeding and other symptoms rarely occur before the disease has become invasive.

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