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Survival Trends for Those With Cervical Cancer

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 Cancer

Key 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.
 
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