Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow on the lining of cervix located in the lower part of the uterus (womb) in the female reproductive system. Cervical cancer forms slowly over time showing little or no symptoms, but is easily detected from regular Pap tests and is usually most curable if found early.
Cervical cancer symptoms do not usually occur. Some women may notice the following symptoms:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, consult a MemorialCare Physician partner.
Women are at a greater risk for cervical cancer if they:
Several controllable risk factors such as infection with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) - a sexually transmitted disease (STD), smoking and a weak immune system can increase the risk of cervical cancer. By controlling risk factors and having regular Pap tests performed, you can help prevent cervical cancer.
Pap test screening recommendations:
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Our physicians are experienced in providing gynecological care throughout a woman’s life-time. We specialize in treatments for gynecological disorders, including ovarian and cervical cancer, and non-surgical treatment options for uterine fibroids.
MemorialCare is proud to provide the highest quality, comprehensive cancer care for adults and children of all ages. Our cancer centers are devoted to improving the lives of residents in Los Angeles County and Orange County, California and beyond.
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