Cervical Cancer Patient Information Sheet

Cervical Cancer Patient Information Sheet - Cervical Cancer...

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Cervical Cancer Patient Information Sheet Cervical cancer is a disease where bad cancer cells (malignant), form and grow in the tissue of the cervix. The cervix is lover part of the uterus (womb). The cervix connects the body of the uterus to the vagina, or birth canal. Causes and risk factors Infection of the cervix with human papillomavirus or (HPV) is the most common cause of cervical cancer. Anything that can increase your chance of getting a disease is called a risk factor. Other risk factors that increase a woman’s chance of getting cervical cancer include the following: o Giving birth to many children o Having many sexual partners o Smoking cigarettes o Oral contraceptive use (the “pill”) o HIV infection (virus that causes AIDS) o Chlamydia infection Prevention and detection, and diagnosis techniques Most cervical cancer can be prevented by finding and treating the pre-cancers before they become cancer, and preventing the pre-cancers. You can do this by getting regular pelvic exams and Pap tests. These tests examine the cervix and are used to
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2011 for the course HCA 240 taught by Professor Agnessamaniego during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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