Presently, women in developing countries are more likely to suffer from this kind of cancer. Cervix in a woman’s body is the area where cervical cancer develops due to the abnormal growth of cells in the cervix. The cancerous cells when collected in larger amounts form tumors and have chances of spreading in other parts of the body. Mostly, cervical cancer is a slow growing cancer and only in certain circumstances, it grows and spreads quickly. The mild and moderate abnormal cells in the cervix usually go away without any form of treatment. However, such abnormal cells which are likely to develop into cancer if left untreated can later develop into cancerous form and within a span of ten to fifteen years; the person is bound to be diagnosed with cervical cancer.
- It is recommended that a woman should be first screened for cervical cancer at the age of twenty one with a Pap test.
- Women falling between the ages of twenty one to twenty nine should have a Pap test in every three years.
- An addition of HPV test along with the Pap test should be done by the women above the age of thirty till sixty five in every three years.
What is the Survival Rate for Cervical Cancer?
Survival rates of the women with cervical cancer depend majorly on the stage of the cancer. In terms of five year survival rate, the percentage is
- 68% for all women with cervical cancer.
- 91% for women with invasive cervical cancer if detected at an early stage.
- 57% if cervical cancer has spread to surrounding tissues or organs and/or the regional lymph nodes.
- 17% if the cancer has spread to a distant part of the body.
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