When a woman is diagnosed with cervical cancer, many questions arise. Why me? Can it be treated? Will I be cured? There are a number of myths or misconceptions about treating cervical cancer and understanding the facts is an important first step in making treatment choices.
Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death in American women. The rate has declined. The main reason for this change is use of the Pap test, a screening procedure that can find changes in the cervix before the cancer Continue reading →
Pap tests (or Pap smears) are well accepted tests that check for changes in the cells of the cervix (the lowest part of the uterus or womb) and screen for precancerous and cancerous lesions.
Pap tests are able to detect problems early and treatment may prevent cancer. Data shows that Pap screening has lowered the cervical cancer rate in the United States by more than 50% over the last 30 years.
This test is such a familiar part of our healthcare routine that many women might be surprised to learn five important things about the Pap test:
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