Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center provides the best and latest diagnostic tests and treatments. Our team of caring specialists is here to answer your cervical cancer questions and help you understand your options.
The American Cancer Society estimates 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed every year, with 4,200 women dying from cervical cancer. However, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers in women. And, the death rate from cervical cancer has decreased significantly due to increased use of the Pap test and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination.
Cervical cancer screening can help find cervical cancer at an early stage – when the chances for successful treatment are greatest. It includes a Pap test and, for some women, an HPV test. If you’ve had the HPV vaccine, you still need to be screened.
The screening only takes a few minutes and may be slightly uncomfortable, but painless.
Along with regular Pap and HPV tests, practice awareness with your body – take note of any changes, like irregular bleeding or discharge, and report them to your doctor immediately.
Every year, you should get a well-woman checkup (which includes breast and pelvic exams). Additionally, Banner MD Anderson, along with the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF), recommends women follow these cervical cancer screening guidelines:
While at-home HPV tests claim to detect high-risk strains of cervical cancer, Banner MD Anderson recommends a Pap test is done by your doctor for the most accurate screening results.
Tests and screening are essential when it comes to the prevention of cervical cancer. At Banner MD Anderson, we have the resources and information you need, when you need them.
In most cases, abnormalities don't mean you have cervical cancer. Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may suggest further testing, including:
After testing, your doctor will talk to you about your stage of cancer. Staging measures how far the cancer has spread. Banner MD Anderson’s patient-focused approach means we’re here to support you and your family as you process your results and treatment options.
Cervical cancer staging uses the system developed by the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FIGO).
Thanks to routine Pap tests and the HPV vaccine, most cervical cancer is caught in the early stages and is highly treatable.
If you think you may be at risk for cervical cancer, make an appointment with a Banner MD Anderson cervical cancer specialist today. You can count on Banner MD Anderson’s caring staff to be by your side throughout your cancer journey.