What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?
Cervical cancer generally produces no symptoms in its earliest stages. There are also frequently no symptoms of cervical dysplasia, the precancerous condition that develops into cervical cancer, or human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, which causes most cases of cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer.
When symptoms of cervical cancer occur, they may indicate that the cancer has progressed to more advanced stages. Symptoms include:
What is cervical cancer?
Cervical cancer is a common cancer of the female reproductive system, specifically the cervix of the uterus. Cervical cancer is the third most common type of cancer in women in the world. However, the routine use of Pap smear screening has made it far less common in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health (Source: Read more about cervical cancer introduction
What causes cervical cancer?
Cervical cancer is most often caused by an infection of human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV, which can also cause genital warts, is spread through sexual contact, most often through vaginal and anal sex. Having vaginal sex with a person who has HPV can cause cervical dysplasia, a precancerous condition. If undetected and untreated, cervical dysplasia can develop into cervical cancer.... Read more about cervical cancer causes
How is cervical cancer treated?
Treatment of cervical cancer begins with seeking regular medical care throughout your life. Regular medical care allows your health care professional to best evaluate your risks of developing cervical cancer, perform routine Pap smear screening, and promptly order further diagnostic testing as needed. These measures greatly increase the chances of detecting cervical cancer in its earliest, most curable stage. This stage is called cervical dysplasia, a precancerous condition that is 100% treatable.... Read more about cervical cancer treatments