Cervical dysplasia (precancerous condition) mostly occurs in women who are in their 20s and 30s. However, the chances of survival may be affected by race, age, and how often a woman gets screenings. Death from cervical cancer:
- Is rare in women younger than 30 years of age
- Is rare in women of any age who have regular screenings
- Increases with age
- Is highest for white women between the ages of 45 and 70 years of age and for black women in their 70s
- Occurs more often in black women than in white women.
Summary of Key Points About Cervical CancerKey information about cervical cancer includes the following:
- Cervical cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the cervix.
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is the major risk factor for development of cervical cancer.
- There are usually no noticeable signs of early cervical cancer, but it can be detected early with yearly checkups.
- Possible signs of cervical cancer include vaginal bleeding and pelvic pain.
- Tests that examine the cervix are used to find and diagnose cervical cancer.
- Certain factors affect the cervical cancer prognosis and treatment options.