Q. What is cervical cancer?
A. Cervical cancer occurs when cells in the cervix become abnormal and multiply. When left undetected and untreated, these cells can begin to spread beyond your cervix into other parts of the body.
Q. Are there any symptoms of cervical cancer?
A. Sometimes. Cervical cancer may not present symptoms for a while, making regular visits to your Atlanta women’s OBGYN so important. But, when left undetected, women can start to experience symptoms such as pelvic pain, unexplained back pain, bleeding between periods, and even increased vaginal discharge.
Q. How is cervical cancer detected?
A. The first indication of cervical cancer is usually an abnormal Pap Smear. If this returns abnormal results, your Atlanta women’s OBGYN will recommend additional testing to confirm. A colposy and biopsy may be done to confirm the diagnosis. Your OBGYN may also refer you to a specialist for further care.
Q. Who is at risk of developing cervical cancer?
A. Every woman is at some risk of developing cervical cancer. But, some people may be at increased risk if they have a family history of the disease, infections of the Human Papilloma Virus, smoking, even poor diet.
Atlanta, GA women should be sure to visit an Atlanta women’s OBGYN every year for their wellness visit. These visits play a critical role in the early detection of diseases such as cervical cancer. It it’s been a while since your last visit, or you have concerns, contact Georgia OBGYN to make an appointment.