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Doctor insights on: Mode Of Transmission Of Cervical Cancer

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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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Who gets cervical cancer?

Who gets cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer: Cervical cancer has a number of risk factors. The risk factors all are linked to an increase chance of having hpv. The risk factors include: smoking, sex before 18, 2 or more lifetime sex partners, partner with 2 or more sex partners, IV drug use, low socioeconomic status. Anyone can get cervical cancer but people with these risk factors are at increased risk. ...Read more

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What causes cervical cancer?

Infection with HPV: 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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Is cervical cancer hereditary?

HPV germs: Agree with dr bh. Infection, not inherited. Cervical cancer is caused by certain bad members of the hpv (human papilloma virus) family. The good news: easy to screen and prevent courtesy of your old friend the pap smear & hpv testing. We're hoping the hpv vaccine will help too. ...Read more

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How lethal is cervical cancer?

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How lethal is cervical cancer?

Cervical Cancer: Review literature: in the US over 12,000 new invasive cervical cancers and about 4000 cancer related death happened each year. With HPV vaccination this number expected to decrease more. In developing countries, especially in Africa the prevalence of invasive cervical and the death rate is much higher. In Africa it is still number one cause of cancer related death for women. ...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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How is cervical cancer spread?

How is cervical cancer spread?

Contiguity: As most cancers cells move towards the vicinity ( the rest of the uterus)first, then travel through the blood flow of the lymphatic, venous and arterial tree far from its original place. Nowadays cervical cancer is detected early with the papanicolau test. ...Read more

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Can you die from cervical cancer?

Can you die from cervical cancer?

Yes: As in any cancer the stage and extent of the cancer is very important to figure out the prognosis. Prognosis predicts how likely it is to die of the cancer. Cervical cancer can lead to spread to other parts of the body and a person can die of it. Early stages however are cureable and the patient won't die if treated appropriately. Even later stages may have lower but potential cure rates. ...Read more

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How is cervical cancer diagnosed?

How is cervical cancer diagnosed?

Biopsy: A small sample of tissue is taken from the cervix and is evaluated under the microscope by a pathology doctor. These doctors are trained to determine if tissue shows the presence of cancer. ...Read more

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How prevalent is cervical cancer?

How prevalent is cervical cancer?

~13,000 cases/yr: In the United States in 2011 about 12, 710 new cases of invasive cervical cancer and 4290 cancer-related deaths are expected. ...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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What are signs of cervical cancer?

What are signs of cervical cancer?

Cervical Cancer: Cervical cancer can present with symptoms such as a vaginal discharge that is watery ; bloody with a bad smell. Bleeding can occur after sex, in a post menopausal woman or at times other than your period. There may be pain during sexual intercourse. ...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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What could lead to cervical cancer?

HPV: Cervical cancers are almost all caused by human papilloma virus (hpv). This is a sexually transmitted virus. It is very common, infecting over 80% of sexually active adults. Fortunately, the majority of women, even though they have been exposed to hpv, do not get cervical cancer. Regular pap tests and routine gyn exams detect pre-cancer changes and allow us to treat them before cancers happen. ...Read more

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Will cervical cancer hurt your baby?

Assuming you mean: Diagnosed while pregnant, non-invasive might wait treatment until post partum, as might very early ia, but later stages pit woman's life versus foetal life dilemma, and balance of waiting for viability. A c-section may be needed. The cancer itself does not pass to/infect the neonate. Ca in situ and cone or cryo might lead to miscarriage and can affect fertility, as would rad hys & xrt. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of cervical cancer?

What are symptoms of cervical cancer?

No symptoms: No symptoms in the earlier stages where cure could be assured , a compelling reason to get a simple pap smear. As stage advances bleeding, advances as it spreads into pelvic and distant organs, obstructive uropathy etc. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to get cervical cancer?

Is it unusual to get cervical cancer?

Depends: Worldwide cervical cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in women. Much of this is concentrated in developing countries, though, and the incidence of cervical cancer in the us is muck lower due to pap smears. ...Read more

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Are there symptoms of cervical cancer?

Are there symptoms of cervical cancer?

Mostly bleeding: Vaginal bleeding change in menses bleeding from cervix with contact such as during intercourse or when inserting a diaphragm pain during sex vaginal discharge tinged with blood. ...Read more

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Transmission (Definition)

In medicine and biology, transmission is the passing of a communicable disease from an infected host individual or group to a conspecific individual or group, regardless of whether the other individual was previously infected. Sometimes transmission can specifically mean infection of ...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