What is cervical cancer

The cancer of the cervix is known as cervical cancer, and that often appears with few or no symptoms. The only symptoms that might occasionally appear are irregular bleeding or pain. It can be treated with surgery, radiation or chemotherapy and often high survival rates with early detection.

However certain types of cervical cancer can be prevented with Gardasil, a vaccine designed specifically the Human Pappilomavirus or HPV. Learn more about HPV and Gardasil here.

All women are at risk for cervical cancer and each year about 12,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer and about 4,000 women die from it.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer and it is a common virus that is passed from one person to another during sex. There are many types of HPV, some types can cause changes on a woman’s cervix that can lead to the development of cancerous cells over time, while others can cause genital or skin warts.

Gardasil is a vaccine that helps prevent certain types of cervical cancer and is effective against Human Papillomavirus. Learn More

Tests for Cervical Cancer

1. The Pap test or pap smear looks for precancers, cell changes on the cervix that may become cancerous if they are not treated appropriately. It is commonly advised to start getting regular pap smears at the age of 21.
2. The HPV test looks for the virus that can cause these cell changes.

Since Cervical cancer often manifests with little or no symptoms it becomes even more important to have a regular pap smear for early detection and possible prevention of abnormal cells from turning into cancer.

If you need your pap smear, we can help. Call us at (630) 964-0000 or book your appointment online at your convenience.

If you suspect you might have another sexually transmitted disease, we offer confidential testing including Saturday appointments.

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Aanchor Health Center is a proud member of Illinois Abortion Clinics providing reproductive health care access to women in the Chicagoland area for many years. We are a state licensed facility, with board certified physicians and trained staff.