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Cervical cancer is a complex disease that is diagnosed through a series of medical tests and exams. Learn more about how cervical cancer is diagnosed through the development of symptoms and the medical tests involved in making a diagnosis.
  1. Cervical Cancer Symptoms
  2. The HPV Cervical Cancer Connection
  3. Pap Smear 101
  4. Diagnosing Cervical Cancer: Colposcopy Exam and Cervical Biopsy

Cervical Cancer Symptoms

Cervical cancer symptoms vary from woman to woman. Some women will experience no symptoms, while others may have severe cervical cancer symptoms. Here are the basics.

The HPV Cervical Cancer Connection

HPV is the primary cause of cervical cancer. Virtually everyone will contract HPV in their lifetime, with many never knowing they were a carrier of the virus. For some, the virus causes no adverse health effects, but for others, it leads to genital warts, dysplasia, and cancer.

Pap Smear 101

The Pap smear is a highly effective screening tool for cervical cancer. It is recommended that virtually all women have a regular Pap smear to check for any abnormal cervical changes.

Diagnosing Cervical Cancer: Colposcopy Exam and Cervical Biopsy

When Pap smear results yield abnormal results, a colposcopy exam is performed. This is when a cervical biopsy is taken. The colposcopy and cervical biopsy are important in diagnosing cervical cancer.

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