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Changes to This Summary (02 / 26 / 2013)

    Description of the Evidence

    Updated statistics with estimated new cases and deaths for 2013 (cited American Cancer Society as reference 1).

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    Understanding Cervical Cancer -- Symptoms

    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. ...

    Read the Understanding Cervical Cancer -- Symptoms article > >

    Added Howlader et al. as reference 13.

    Revised text to state that among women older than 65 years, cervical cancer mortality for black women is more than 150% higher than for white women.

    This summary is written and maintained by the PDQ Screening and Prevention Editorial Board, which is editorially independent of NCI. The summary reflects an independent review of the literature and does not represent a policy statement of NCI or NIH. More information about summary policies and the role of the PDQ Editorial Boards in maintaining the PDQ summaries can be found on the About This PDQ Summary and PDQ NCI's Comprehensive Cancer Database pages.

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      Last Updated: February 25, 2014
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