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Cervix Cancer / Cervical Cancer

Cervical Cancer: Overview, Risk Factors, Symptoms, Treatment and More | National Cancer Centre Singapore

Cervix Cancer / Cervical Cancer - Diagnosis

Cervical cancer screening with a Pap smear should start as soon as a woman becomes sexually active. This should be performed at 1-3 yearly intervals depending on the age and the number of normal Pap smears. During this examination, a scraping of cells from the surface of the cervix is obtained during a vaginal examination. This is a quick, simple and painless test.

If the Pap smear has abnormal cells, a diagnostic procedure called colposcopy (i.e. Examination of the cervix with a microscope) is done. Certain solution may be applied onto the cervix to help pick up abnormal areas. These abnormal areas are then biopsied and examined under a microscope by the pathologist (a doctor who examines these tissues under a microscope).

If cervical cancer is confirmed on biopsy, other tests will be scheduled. These include radiological tests such as a CT-scan of the abdomen and MRI of the pelvis to exclude any regional spread of the cancer. Occasionally a PET scan of the body is advised to more accurately determine the extent of spread through the entire body.

Cervix Cancer / Cervical Cancer - Preparing for surgery

Cervix Cancer / Cervical Cancer - Post-surgery care

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