Cervical Cancer Symptoms and Diagnosis
From Lisa Fayed, former About.com Guide
- Cervical Cancer Symptoms
- The HPV Cervical Cancer Connection
- Pap Smear 101
- 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.
- HPV and Cervical Cancer: What Every Woman Needs to Know
- HPV Symptoms
- How to Prevent and Reduce Your Risk of HPV
- Is There a Cure for HPV?
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.
- Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines: When to Have a Pap Smear
- What to Expect During a Pap Smear
- What is the Best Time of the Month to Have a Pap Smear?
- What Do ASCUS Pap Smear Results Mean?
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.