Cervical Cancer: Overview
Cervical cancer, or cancer of the cervix, is a cancer affecting the cervix, which is the entrance to the uterus in women. It has been strongly linked to the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and recently available HPV vaccines can greatly reduce the risk. Cervical cancer typically causes no symptoms until its later stages, and is often detected early only as an abnormality on a regular Pap smear test. Later symptoms may include pelvic pain, bleeding between menstrual periods, bleeding after sex, and other symptoms from the spread of the cancer to other organs, such as bladder symptoms or bowel symptoms. Differential diagnosis may include cervical polyps, other endometrial disorders or uterine disorders, or other causes of the particular symptoms. Treatment options for later stage cervical cancer include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery such as hysterectomy.
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- Cancer: Cancer is the general class of diseases caused by the body’s own cells reproducing too rapidly. The dividing cells
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- Cervical Polyps: Cervical Polyps are small hard lumps or nodules (polyps) in the cervix, which is the entrance to the uterus in
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- Pelvic Pain: Pelvic pain usually refers to menstrual pain or internal abdominal pain of the reproductive organs in women. Less commonly, the
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- Bleeding between menstrual periods: Inappropriate vaginal bleeding between menstrual bleeding is called metrorrhagia. Bleeding is usually light but can be heavy in some cases
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- Bleeding: Bleeding is a symptom of many types of trauma, injury, or disease. It may range from harmless minor bleeding to
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