Cervical Cancer Detection & Prevention

40 years ago, cervical cancer was the leading cause of cancer death in American women. Since then, the number of deaths has significantly decreased due to increased awareness of the symptoms and testing methods for this disease. Although the numbers have improved, approximately 12,000 women will be diagnosed and 4,120 will die from the disease this year.

Important Cervical Cancer Statistics

These numbers show the dangers that cervical cancer can pose and the importance of early detection through regular screenings.

Since there is such a dramatic decrease in the survival rate as the cancer progresses, women must be proactive and take the necessary steps to catch the problem and seek treatment before the issue develops further.

Prevention & Early Detection

There are two powerful tools that women should use in the fight against cervical cancer:

HPV Vaccination

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most sexually transmitted disease in the United States. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 90% of men and 80% of women who are sexually active have at least one type of HPV. Of these types of HPV, two are responsible for approximately 70% of all cases of cervical cancer.

HPV vaccinations have been found to provide nearly 100% protection against the two HPV types that can cause cervical cancer (types 16 and 18. The vaccine can be given at any age, but if a person has been sexually active, there is a chance that they’re already infected. Ideally, the vaccine will be administered before a person becomes sexually active.

Pap Tests

Typically performed on women aged 21 to 65, the pap test allows the doctor to look for changes in cervical tissue that can potentially turn cancerous. The doctor will examine the vagina and cervix and collect samples of any abnormal tissue. The tissue will then be sent to the laboratory for testing.

Symptoms of Cervical Cancer

Although women rarely exhibit symptoms of cervical cancer in its early stages, it is important to understand the warning signs. The most common symptoms include:

The symptoms listed above are somewhat common and can be caused by issues other than cervical cancer. But there are some warning signs of advanced-stage cervical cancer:

For more information or to schedule an appointment at Dekalb Women’s Specialists, please call (404) 508-2000.

You Might Also Enjoy...

5 Ways to Manage Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are one of the most common symptoms of menopause — but the good news is, there are some things you can do to help keep your cool. Here are five simple steps you can take to reduce your annoying hot flash symptoms.

Understanding Your Birth Control Options

Birth control methods all work to prevent unplanned pregnancy, but how they work can vary — a lot. Choosing the method that suits your lifestyle means it’s a lot easier to work it into your routine. Fortunately, you’ve got lots of options.

Everything You Should Know About Prenatal Care

Prenatal care plays a crucial role in helping you and your baby stay healthy through pregnancy and delivery. If you’re pregnant, here’s why you need prenatal care and what to expect during your office visits.

The Importance of a Well-Woman Exam

Well-woman exams play an important role in helping women stay healthy, especially as they get older. Not sure you need an annual well-woman exam? These statistics might change your mind.

Treatment for Your Menopause

More than a million women enter menopause each year in the United States, and most of them will have experienced at least a few bothersome symptoms. Our team uses a patient-centered approach to relieve menopause symptoms. Here’s how it works.

How Do I Know My Pregnancy Is High-Risk?

High-risk pregnancies require special care to prevent potential problems for you and for your baby. Knowing your risk factors is the first step toward identifying a high-risk pregnancy, so you can get the care you need to stay healthy.