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Cervical Cancer - Exams and Tests

Early detection

The Pap test is a routine screening test used to find abnormal cell changes of the cervix and to screen for cervical cancer. Regular Pap test screening is the most important tool in finding and treating cervical cell changes before they progress to cervical cancer.

The recommended Pap test schedule is based on your age and things that increase your risk. Talk to your doctor about how often to have this test.

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In the early stages, cervical precancers or cervical cancers cause no pain or other symptoms. That's why it's vital for women to get regular pelvic exams and Pap tests to detect cancer in its earliest stage when it's treatable. The first identifiable symptoms of cervical cancer are likely to include: Abnormal vaginal bleeding, such as after intercourse, between menstrual periods, or after menopause; menstrual periods may be heavier and last longer than normal. Pain during intercourse. ...

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Diagnostic tests

If cervical cancer is suspected, your doctor will ask about your medical history and do a physical exam, including a pelvic exam and a Pap test.

Tests to confirm a diagnosis of cervical cancer include:

Tests to find out the stage and treatment

Tests to find the extent (stage) of cervical cancer include:

  • A chest X-ray to check your lungs.
  • A CT scan, which uses X-rays to look inside the body.
  • An ultrasound, which uses sound waves to check internal tissues and organs.
  • An MRI, which uses magnets to see inside the body.
  • A PET scan to check for cancer that has spread (metastasized) to other parts of the body.
  • A biopsy using fine-needle aspiration.
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Last Updated: October 22, 2012
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