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Is cervical cancer life threatening?

Linus Chuang, MD
Gynecologic Oncology

Yes, cervical cancer is life threatening. Without early detection and treatment, it can be lethal. It can cause profuse vaginal bleeding, severe pain, and kidney failure, and it will eventually lead to death from the cancer; however, when detected in its early stages and treated, cervical cancer has a high cure rate, so it is important for women to visit their gynecologist and get tested regularly.

Cervical cancer can be life threatening. Only around 15 percent of women who have cervical cancer that has spread, or metastasized, to other organs of the body live more than five years after treatment. If cervical cancer is caught early through regular screenings, it is easily treated and nearly 90 percent of women survive.

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