Cervical Cancer - Topic Overview
The treatment for most
stages of cervical cancer includes:
Depending on how much the cancer has grown, you may have
one or more treatments. And you may have a combination of treatments. If you have a hysterectomy, you won't be able to have children. But a hysterectomy isn't always needed, especially when cancer is found very early.
Finding out that you have cancer can change your life. You may feel like your world has turned upside down and you have lost all control. Talking with family, friends, or a counselor can really help. Ask your doctor about support groups. Or call the American Cancer Society (1-800-227-2345) or visit its website at www.cancer.org.
The Pap test is
the best way to find cervical cell changes that can lead to cervical cancer.
Regular Pap tests almost always show these cell changes before they turn into
cancer. It's important to follow up with your doctor after any abnormal Pap
test result so you can treat abnormal cell changes. This may help prevent cervical
If you are age 26 or younger, you can get the HPV vaccine, which protects against two types of HPV that cause most cases of cervical cancer.
The virus that causes
cervical cancer is spread through sexual contact. The best way to avoid getting
sexually transmitted infection is to not have
sex. If you do have sex, practice safer sex, such as
using condoms and limiting the number of sex partners you have.