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The cervix is the lower part of the uterus, the place where a baby grows during pregnancy. Cervical cancer is caused by a virus called HPV. The virus spreads through sexual contact. Most women's bodies are able to fight HPV infection. But sometimes the virus leads to cancer. You're at higher risk if you smoke, have many children, use birth control pills for a long time, or have HIV infection.

Cervical cancer may not cause any symptoms at first. Later, you may have pelvic pain or bleeding from the vagina. It usually takes several years for normal cells in the cervix to turn into cancer cells. Your health care provider can find abnormal cells by doing a Pap test - examining cells from the cervix under a microscope. If there are abnormal cells, you will need a biopsy. By getting regular Pap tests and pelvic exams you can find and treat any problems before they turn into cancer.

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  1. Cervical Cancer (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... the place where a baby grows during pregnancy. Cervical cancer is caused by a virus called HPV. The ... for a long time, or have HIV infection. Cervical cancer may not cause any symptoms at first. Later, ...
  2. Pap Smear Interactive Tutorial (Patient Education Institute)  
    Pap Smear Introduction Cancer of the cervix affects more than 10,000 women in the United States every ... to be analyzed. Surface of Cervix During a Pap Smear First you will be asked to undress, at ...
  3. Pap Smear (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)  
    ... of this website will be limited. Search Help? Pap Smear Share this page: Was this page helpful? Also ... active. ^ Back to top 3. Does an abnormal Pap smear always mean cancer? A single "abnormal" Pap smear ...
  4. ... FDA Panel Recommends HPV Test As Replacement for Pap Smear Experts voted 13-0 that Roche's test was ... could be used before or instead of the Pap smear as a first step in cervical cancer screening. ...
  5. The Pap smear is both a visual inspection and a culture of the cervix. An instrument called a speculum holds ...
  6. How to Interpret Abnormal Pap Smear Results (American Academy of Family Physicians)  
    ... Web version Cervical Cancer | How to Interpret Abnormal Pap Smear Results What does an abnormal Pap smear mean? A Pap smear allows your doctor to look at the cells ...
  7. The Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. Cells scraped from the opening of the cervix are examined ... or nurse if you: Have had an abnormal Pap smear Might be pregnant Do not do the following ...
  8. Pap Smear: Still Necessary After Hysterectomy? (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)  
  9. During a Pap smear, cells from the outside and the canal of the cervix are retrieved by gently scraping the outside of the cervix. The Pap smear is performed to detect cancerous or precancerous conditions ...
  10. 1020 ... www.nlm.nih.gov ... A Pap test is a simple, relatively inexpensive procedure that can easily detect cancerous or precancerous conditions.
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