A cervical cancer diagnosis may be made when there are changes detected in the cells of a woman’s cervix. Because these changes typically produce no symptoms until the cancer progresses to an advanced stage, regular screenings aimed at early detection and prevention are essential. When detected early, cervical cancer is highly curable.
A woman with an abnormal screening test result or who is experiencing symptoms is welcome to consult with the outstanding, board-certified physicians at Moffitt Cancer Center for a proper cervical cancer diagnosis. As a recognized leader in detecting and treating all forms of cancer, we offer patients the latest diagnostic techniques as well as a wide range of options for treatment, including robust clinical trials, in one convenient location. The full range of cervical cancer diagnosis services available at Moffitt include:
- Pelvic exam – A woman’s vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries and rectum are visually and manually examined by a physician or nurse practitioner.
- Pap smear (or Pap test) – A piece of cotton, brush or small wooden stick is used to gently collect cells from the surfaces of the cervix and vagina. The cells are then evaluated under a microscope to identify any abnormalities such as cervical dysplasia.
- Colposcopy – A procedure in which a colposcope (a lighted, magnifying instrument) is used to examine the vagina and cervix for abnormal areas. During a colposcopy, tissue samples may be taken with a curette (spoon-shaped instrument) and later checked under a microscope for signs of disease.
- Biopsy – If abnormal cervical cells are identified through a screening test, a biopsy will usually be ordered. During a biopsy, a sample of tissue is removed from the cervix and later viewed under a microscope by a pathologist to check for signs of cancer.
- Endocervical curettage – A procedure used to collect cells or tissue samples from the cervical canal using a curette (spoon-shaped instrument) for later evaluation under a microscope.
To discuss cervical cancer diagnosis and treatment with the cancer experts at Moffitt, please call 1-888-663-3488 or schedule an appointment online by filling out our new patient registration form. Even if you don’t have a referral, our physicians will be pleased to consult with you.