Cervical Cancer Basics
Cervical cancer was once one of the most common cancers in women, but better screening for pre-cancerous conditions prevents many cases today. Most cases of cervical cancer originate with HPV, the human papilloma virus, which is transmitted sexually. Today, with vaccines available to protect against HPV, prevention is even more effective.Learn More
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Cervical Cancer Q&As
Kevin Windom, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Sharecare Editorial Advisory Board
What should I expect after a Pap test for cervical cancer?
Some women may have some mild discomfort and bleeding after a Pap test. The results should come back in 1-2 weeks and if it is abnormal don't "freak out.” The Pap test is just a screening test and if it is abnormal then you will need a colposcopy...
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A pap smear used to be a yearly ritual, but many women can now safely wait three to five years between pap tests, depending on their age and whether they add an HPV test to the screening.
Does the Pill Really Increase Cervical Cancer Risk?
Research shows being on birth control pills may slightly raise your risk of cervical cancer, but there are benefits too.
Timing is everything when it comes to the HPV vaccine that protects against cervical cancer, but it can be hard to decide when the time is right. Read this to find out at what age one of the developers of the vaccine, Diane Harper, MD, recommends girls receive the vaccine.