Cancer

Cervical Cancer

Learn the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer, along with diagnosis and treatment information and stories of diagnosis and survival.

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Prevention

11 Important Facts About Cervical Cancer

Learn about cervical cancer risk factors, treatments, HPV, and more in this slideshow, straight from an experienced gynecologic oncologist.

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Prevention

The HPV Vaccine Prevents Cancer. So Why Aren’t More Kids Getting It?

What every parent needs to know about this potentially life-saving shot.

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Vaccines

A New Vaccine Could Treat Existing HPV and Precancer of the Cervix

The current HPV vaccine, Gardasil9, prevents cervical cancer—but a new vaccine could actually get rid of HPV and precancerous cells in people who are already affected.

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Risk Factors

Beyond HPV: Certain Bacteria Raise Cervical Cancer Risk

High-risk strains of HPV cause 99 percent of all cervical cancer cases and a new study suggests certain types of bacteria may also play a role.

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Tests

Gene Test for Cervical Cancer Is 100 Percent Effective, Researchers Say

While Pap smears and HPV tests have been fairly effective in detecting cervical cancer, a cervical cancer test based on epigenetics is basically fool-proof — and more affordable.

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Screening

Should You Use At-Home HPV Tests?

Mail-in, at-home kits to test for high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) infection do help improve cervical cancer screening, according to this study.

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Screening

What's New in Cervical Cancer Screening?

The latest cervical cancer screening guidelines recommend when and how women should get pap tests and tests for HPV.

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Prevention

One Mother's Journey With Cervical Cancer

Sylvia, a cervical cancer survivor, shares the story of her diagnosis, treatment, and why she advocates other women get the HPV vaccine and regular pap tests.

Risk Factors

Quiz: Do You Know the Risk Factors for Cervical Cancer?

Does birth control use increase your risk of cervical cancer? What about your family history? Test your knowledge here.

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Treatment

Cervical Cancer Treatment Options

If you've been diagnosed with cervical cancer, here's what you should know about the treatments in early and advance stages, from surgery to immunotherapy.

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Diagnosis

A Pap Test Didn't Catch Her Cervical Cancer

Carolann's story shows that cervical cancer can happen to anyone, and why good HPV testing is so critical.

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