Putting It All Together: Cervical CancerTuesday, 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 testhistory 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.