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What Should I Know About Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer affects over 13,000 women each year between the ages of 35 and 44. It is a slow-moving yet preventable disease through the HPV vaccine. AFC Urgent Care Saugus offers STD screenings, treatment, and vaccinations for all patients. Visit us today to put yourself and your health first. Here is everything you may need to know about cervical cancer.

How do I get cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer is most commonly caused by an STI, the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is spread through vaginal or anal sex and is the most commonly transmitted STD. In some cases, if you contract HPV, it will go away on its own, but if it lingers, it can cause cervical cancer. Regular STD testing can help catch HPV early and prevent it from developing into something more serious. It is recommended that all women get the HPV vaccine, especially in the teenage years, for early prevention. It is available in two or three doses, depending on the age.

Can I tell I have it without tests?

HPV and cervical cancer are slow-moving illnesses. Symptoms are normally not detected early on in the disease. As the cancer develops, however, signs may become more apparent. Some cervical cancer signs include abnormal vaginal bleeding, such as after sex, menopause, or heavier-than-normal periods, and pain in the pelvis or during sex. These signs are also common symptoms for other illnesses, so the only way to honestly know if you have cervical cancer is by getting tested. Annual pap smears can detect cancer cells, as well as STD tests for the HPV virus. Early detection is critical for proper diagnosis and treatment to prevent the cancer from developing.

How is cervical cancer treated?

Treatment is dependent on how far it has spread. Treatment options can include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, or a combination of the three. A gynecologic oncologist can give you the best treatment and recovery options available, depending on your age, general health, preferences, and individual circumstances. Getting a second opinion can often make you feel confident that your treatment decision is the best one for you.

Contact AFC Urgent Care Saugus

The best way to prevent cervical cancer is by getting regular, annual STD tests. HPV is not the only harmful STD, and yearly tests can improve your overall health. Visit AFC Urgent Care Saugus for discrete and confidential STD testing today. Call our center now for any questions or more information.