What is Cervical Cancer?
Ruth Stephenson, DO, FACOG, Gynecologic Oncologist at Rutgers Cancer Institute, discusses the causes and treatment of cervical cancer for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in January.
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The American Cancer Society estimated 14,480 new cervical cancer diagnosed in the United States in 2021 with more than 4,000 deaths. Cervical cancer is the only gynecologic cancer that can be prevented—and there are numerous tools to promote prevention including vaccines and tested strategies.Read more
While HPV is the most common cause of cervical cancer, it is not the only cause. Other risk factors include smoking, having a weakened immune system and having a family history of cervical cancer.Read more
When cancer is detected early, there is a better chance of having more effective treatment and better outcomes. While there is not a single screening test for all gynecologic cancers, consider the ones that do exist. Read more
By quitting smoking, vaccinating against HPV, undergoing regular Pap smears, and protecting yourself against sexually-transmitted diseases, you can help reduce your risk to developing cervical cancer. Read more
No woman should die from cervical cancer. Indeed, cervical cancer is the deadliest, yet most preventable gynecologic malignancy. According to the American Cancer Society, there are 13,000 new cases of invasive cervical cancer leading to 4,100 cancer-related deaths each year in the United States. Read more
All women should know warning signs of cervical cancer, which include abnormal vaginal bleeding or spotting; discharge or bleeding after intercourse; and pelvic or back pain. In addition to seeking care for these symptoms, women should maintain routine and appropriate screening. Cervical cancer, when caught early, can be treated and cured. Read more