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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The number of women who are estimated to die from cervical cancer in 2014.
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Cervical Cancer Q&As
Cecelia Boardman, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology
What are the cervical cancer screening recommendations?
The American Cancer Society recommends cervical cancer screenings should begin at age 21, women between ages 21 and 29 should have a pap test every three years. . .
- Q Why should I be concerned about cervical cancer?
- Q Is cervical cancer serious?
- Q What increases my risk of cervical cancer?
- Q How common is cervical cancer?
- Q What can be done to reduce the risk for cervical cancer?
- Q What should I expect after a Pap test for cervical cancer?
- Q How does cervical cancer affect the body?
- Q Are there different types of cervical cancer?
- Q What are symptoms of early cervical cancer?
- Q How do oral contraceptives affect cervical cancer risk?
Cervical Cancer Action Plans
Whether you want to prevent cervical cancer or need tips for coping with a cervical cancer diagnosis, these Action Plans can help.
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Pap Test or HPV/DNA Screening?
An FDA advisory committee has unanimously recommended a human papilloma virus (HPV) DNA test replace the Pap test as the first line check for cervical cancer in women 25 and older.
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.