Cervical Cancer

The cervix is the tissue that connects the uterus and the vagina.  When abnormal cells (dysplasia) grow within the cervix over a long period of time, the result can lead to cervical cancer. This particular type of cancer is usually found with a routine Pap test in which the walls of the cervix are scraped and analyzed under a microscope. Cervical cancer is almost always caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection which is a sexually transmitted disease.  It is recommended that all young females get the HPV vaccination in order to help prevent cervical cancer in the future. In most cases, a woman will not have any real symptoms relating to cervical cancer which is why annual gynecological screening visits are so crucial. 

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