Cervical Cancer Screening
Cervical cancer screening can identify changes in the cells of a woman’s cervix that could potentially lead to cancer. When diagnosed and treated in its initial stages, cervical cancer is highly curable. Because the condition typically does not exhibit symptoms until cancer develops and advances, screening that is aimed at early detection and prevention is essential. Some commonly used cervical cancer screening tests that can help prevent cervical cancer, and detect it early when it does occur, include:
- Pelvic exam – A physician examines and feels the uterus, vagina, ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder and rectum to detect lumps, masses or anything unusual.
- Pap test – Using a small brush, a physician collects a sampling of cells from the surface of the cervix, which are sent to a lab for testing. The test results can identify cellular changes on the cervix that could progress to cervical cancer if left untreated.
- HPV (human papilloma virus) test – Similar to a Pap test, an HPV test evaluates a sampling of cells obtained from the cervix. While HPV infections are common, easily treated and not a cause for alarm, some HPV infections can lead to cellular changes and cancer if left untreated. Therefore, a physician might use an HPV test in conjunction with a Pap test for a more complete picture.
Women who are interested in cervical cancer screening, have received an abnormal test result or are experiencing symptoms are welcome to consult with the outstanding, board-certified physicians at Moffitt Cancer Center. As a recognized leader in the development of scientific technology for detecting and treating cancer, we offer patients the latest diagnostic techniques as well as a wide range of options for care, including robust clinical trials, in one convenient location. To learn more about cervical cancer screening, please contact us at 1-888-663-3488. Or, if you prefer, you can complete a new patient registration form. We’ll be pleased to see you with or without a referral.