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My mom just told me that she has stage 3 cervical cancer. I'm worried if this is life threatening?

My mom just told me that she has stage 3 cervical cancer. I'm worried if this is life threatening?

Yes: Stage 3 means that the cancer has spread to the lower vagina (3a) or the side of the pelvis (3b). This can certainly be life threatening. The usual treatment is radiation and chemotherapy at the same time with relatively good success. Her doctor may or may not do lymph node staging before radiation to evaluate how far up to give the radiation. She does need treatment right away. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What are doctor-recommended strategies that I can prevent getting cervical cancer later in life?

What are doctor-recommended strategies that I can prevent getting cervical cancer later in life?

HPV vaccine: The hpv vaccine is highly effective in protecting young females from getting cervical cancer later in life. Smoking and high number of sexual contacts are also risk factors for cervical cancer. ...Read more

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Cervical Dysplasia HPV negative Very heavy periods for 7-10days Chge super plus every hour or less. 35yrs. One partner only in life. Cervical cancer?

Cervical Dysplasia HPV negative Very heavy periods for 7-10days Chge super plus every hour or less. 35yrs. One partner only in life. Cervical cancer?

Not necessarily: One can get dysplasia from more than just cancer--even mechanical irritation. Try your next pap when you have not use tampons for at least 2 weeks. ...Read more

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How can I get cervical cancer?

How can I get cervical cancer?

Through sex mostly: The human papilloma virus, or hpv, is spread by sexual intercourse and increases the risk of cervical, anal and penile cancers. This is why the hpv vaccine lowers the risk of cervical cancer and is recommended (for complete preventive recommendations, see the my health checklist iphone app). Smoking is the only consistent nonsexual risk factor, according to the us preventive services task force. ...Read more

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Do women die from cervical cancer?

Do women die from cervical cancer?

Yes: Early detection, and early treatment will give best results, late detection and late treatments will results bad prognosis. ...Read more

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How can you catch cervical cancer?

How can you catch cervical cancer?

Sexually: Cervical cancer is a cancer almost always caused by exposure to a virus. The virus hpv, is passed sexually. There is a vaccine now for the hpv for those 26 and younger. Pap smears are very effective 92% in picking up changes from hpv and early cancer. ...Read more

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Can people die from cervical cancer?

Can people die from cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer: Yes and many do. Go tot wikipedia for details. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to get cervical cancer?

Is it unusual to get cervical cancer?

Depends on exposure: Cervical cancer is a malignant lesion of the opening of the mouth of the uterus. It begins as an insitu lesion with no symptoms and progresses to an ulcerating hemorrhagic tumor that can be difficult to treat. It arises from the HPV virus in uncircumsized males growing in the foreskin of the penis. If a woman gets cervical cancer her husband or partner stills has the penile foreskin. ...Read more

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How could a woman get cervical cancer?

HPV infection...: Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by infection with the dna virus called human papillomavirus (hpv). This virus is most commonly spread by sexual contact, and certain viral strains can incorporate into human dna and cause human cells to proliferate outside of normal cell growth control causing dysplasia (precancer) and then possibly cancer. The pap test is a screening test to detect this. ...Read more

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Can mastubation cause cervical cancer?

Can mastubation cause cervical cancer?

No.: The vast majority of cervical cancers and pre-cancers are caused by infection with the human papillomavirus (hpv). Masturbation does not cause cervical cancer. ...Read more

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What's new in cervical cancer research?

What's new in cervical cancer research?

Couple things: Significant advances in image guided brachytherapy have been made and shown improved outcomes for certain women. Some new data suggesting gemcitabine and Cisplatin may be an improvement over Cisplatin alone with radiation. Also a new trial open asking whether additional chemo after chemo and radiation is beneficial for certain women (outback study). ...Read more

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How can I detect cervical cancer early?

How can I detect cervical cancer early?

Pap smear: If you are young...Should get Gardasil but routine gyn visits are best way. ...Read more

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How can cervical cancer be transmitted?

How can cervical cancer be transmitted?

Multiple factors: Human papilloma virus (hpv) is a risk factor. Since hpv is transmitted sexually, it is important to use condoms in order to reduce transmission. Please talk with your doctor about the possibility of having the hpv vaccine.
Smoking is a risk factor. Please stop smoking if you are a smoker. ...Read more

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Can the third cervical cancer jab hurt?

Can the third cervical cancer jab hurt?

Took me a minute...: To discern that you are referring to the gardisil/hpv vaccine, that requires three injections. I do not think one can reliably predict who will experience pain, and who will not. I know the pain of having cervix cancer, or loving some one who has it is worse than the brief pain of the vaccine. To borrow from nike, just do it! ...Read more

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Likely causes of cervical cancer in women?

Likely causes of cervical cancer in women?

HPV: Almost all causes of cervical cancer are attributed to abnormal changes of the uterine cervix from previous exposure to certain strains of HPV (human papillomavirus) obtained through prior sexual contact. It's believed to take many years to develop after initial exposure and so regular gyn check-ups and pap smears are recommended. Recently, a vaccine for younger women (under 26) is recommended. ...Read more

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What is the major cause of cervical cancer?

What is the major cause of cervical cancer?

HPV: Human papilloma virus has been identified as the primary reason of cervical cancer in > 99% of cases. That's why it is paramount for all sexually active women age 20 and older to have their pap smears done on a regular basis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how cervical cancer starts?

Pap smear changes: Usually there are no symptoms when one has very early stage cervix cancer.
Make sure you see a gynecologist and get an HPV Pap smear. A Pap smear can detect very early changes in the cervix before a patient develops real cervix cancer. ...Read more

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What symptoms are common in cervical cancer?

Vaginal discharge/bl: Abnormal vaginal bleeding is the common symptom. Sometimes the bleeding will follow sexual intercourse. Any change/irregularity off periods should alert a woman to be sure that there is no cancer hiding behind this problem. ...Read more

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What exactly does cervical cancer looks like?

What exactly does cervical cancer looks like?

See picture: Early cervical cancer just looks like a little white spot. As it progresses it grows outward and inward with very abnormal blood vessels. It will eventually grow through the vagina if left untreated. See picture. ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Cervical Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled proliferation of cells of the cervical tissue (mucosal lining cells or stroma) due to certain mutations. High risk HPV viruses ...Read more


Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more