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How prevalent is cervical cancer?
What are the symptoms?
Can cervical cancer be detected early?
What are the risk factors?
If any medical treatments are ordered by my doctor, will my insurance cover them?
Who is part of the treatment team?

How prevalent is cervical cancer?

The American Cancer Society predicts that there will be about 11,070 new cases of cervical cancer in the United States in 2008.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of cervical cancer include:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding (bleeding between periods or after intercourse)
  • Vaginal bleeding after menopause
  • Heavy periods that last longer than usual
  • Pelvic pain including pain during intercourse
  • Increased vaginal discharge

Can cervical cancer be detected early?

Although there is no way to absolutely prevent cervical cancer, there are ways to lower one's risk.  Many physicians now recommend vaccinating adolescent girls and young women between the ages of 9 and 26 to prevent against the most common types of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, which is a known risk factor for cervical cancer.

A Pap test can be used to identify pre-cancerous cell changes or even cancer at an early stage. Cervical cancer or pre-cancer is very treatable when caught at this early stage. Women over 21 or women who are under 21 and sexually active are recommended to have a regular Pap tests every 1-2 years.

What are the risk factors?

  • Age (late teens to mid-30s)
  • Infrequent Pap tests
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
  • Smoking
  • Being sexually active before age 18
  • Having multiple sex partners

If any medical treatments are ordered by my doctor, will my insurance cover them?

Depending on the type of coverage, most commercial insurance carriers will pay the major share of the cost. You should always consult your insurance company to determine proper coverage.

Who is part of the treatment team?

The team at Advocate Christ Medical Center is staffed by a specially trained team of gynecologists, gynecologic oncologists, radiation oncologists, reconstructive urologists, pathologists, genetics counselors and nurses, who are dedicated to caring for patients with endometrial cancer. You will remain under the care of your primary care physician while you are treated by the specialists at Christ Medical Center. To ensure that your physician is kept up-to-date, our team will provide ongoing reports on the progress you have made.

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