Presently, women in developing countries are more likely to suffer from this kind of cancer. The 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 to other parts of the body. Mostly, this cancer is 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 forms, 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 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 every three years.
What is the Survival Rate for Cancer?
Survival rates of the women with cervical cancer depend majorly on the stage of cancer. In terms of the 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% of this cancer has spread to surrounding tissues or organs and/or the regional lymph nodes.
- 17% if cancer has spread to a distant part of the body.
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