Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is one of the most treatable cancers, especially when found early through regular gynecologist-administered PAP tests.

Symptoms

Because early cervical cancer may not cause symptoms, your regular checkups should include tests to check for HPV or abnormal cells in the cervix. When present, common symptoms of cervical cancer include:

  • Vaginal bleeding (including bleeding after sexual intercourse)
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Pelvic and back pain
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Periods that become heavier and last longer than usual

Diagnosis

In addition to all major cancer screening and diagnosis methods, we also offer these techniques when testing for cervical cancer:

  • Colposcopy – During this procedure, a lighted magnifying instrument, or colposcope, is used to check the vagina and cervix for abnormal areas
  • Endocervical Curettage – Cells or tissue are collected from the cervical canal and examined under a microscope for signs of cancer; this procedure is sometimes performed at the same time as a colposcopy.

Treatment

Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are treatment options for cervical cancer. Your care team will work with you to determine your exact course of treatment. Learn more about treatment options.