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According to the American Cancer Society, cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. But over the last 40 years, cervical cancer deaths have gone down by more than 50%. The main reason for this change is the increased use of the Pap test. Cervical cancer can often be found early, and sometimes even prevented entirely, by having regular Pap tests. If detected early, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable cancers.

At the Sky Ridge Cancer Center, our team uses the most advanced treatment and therapies available to find and treat cervical cancer at the earliest stage possible. We will create a treatment plan that is right for you—all in a compassionate, healing environment close to your home.

Watch Jenny Card's story on Fox31 News where she shares her experience with cervical cancer and the Sky Ridge Cancer Care Team.

What is Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the cervix. The cervix is the lower, narrow part of the uterus, and it connects the uterus with the vagina.

Cervical cancer tends to occur in midlife. Most cases are found in women younger than 50, and it rarely develops in women younger than 20. Many older women do not realize that the risk of developing cervical cancer is still present as they age. More than 15% of cases of cervical cancer are found in women over 65. 

Women with early cervical cancers and pre-cancers usually have no symptoms. Symptoms often do not begin until the cancer becomes invasive and grows into nearby tissue. When this happens, the most common symptoms are:
  • Bleeding between regular menstrual periods
  • Bleeding after sexual intercourse, douching, or a pelvic exam
  • Menstrual bleeding that lasts longer and is heavier than usual
  • Vaginal bleeding after menopause Increased vaginal discharge that is not blood
  • Pain during sex
  • There may also be pelvic discomfort or a backache

For more information on cervical cancer signs and symptoms, click here.

How do you know if you’re likely to have cervical cancer? Cervical cancer is more common in women over 25 years old. Other factors that may increase your chance of cervical cancer include:
  • HPV infection—the main risk factor for cervical cancer
  • Smoking
  • Having a weakened immune system
  • Chlamydia infection
  • A diet low in fruits and vegetables
  • Being overweight
  • Long-term use of hormonal contraceptives Intrauterine device (IUD) use
  • Having multiple full-term pregnancies
  • Being younger than 17 at your first full-term pregnancy
  • Daughter of a mother who took the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES) during pregnancy
  • Family history of cervical cancer

For more information on cervical cancer risk factors, click here.

Our team of doctor, nurses, surgeons and healthcare professionals will work together to create a treatment plan that is individualized for you. This may include:

Choose Sky Ridge Medical Center for Cervical Cancer care because we offer:

  • Multidisciplinary, team approach to care
  • Fellowship-trained GYN Oncologists
  • Minimally invasive surgery techniques
  • Cancer Resource Center for support and education
  • Cancer registry for lifetime follow up
  • Infusion Services for chemotherapy treatment
  • On-site Radiation Oncology services
  • Weekly cancer case conference for medical teams
  • Access to clinical research trials

If you have any questions about your risk factors, call the Sky Ridge Cancer Care Line at 720-225-2273.