Every year, about 12,000 women in the United States receive a cervical cancer diagnosis, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Cervical cancer is a severe disease, and the Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas provide medical treatment and support every step of the way. In two locations in Dallas and Rockwall, Texas, the team helps women navigate this difficult time and utilizes the best screenings, diagnostic testing, and treatment methods. Call or book your appointment online for quality care.
Cervical cancer starts in the cervix, where the vagina connects to the lower part of the uterus.
What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?
Symptoms of cervical cancer include:
There aren’t always symptoms in the early stages of cervical cancer, so it’s important to have regular gynecological checkups. That allows your Women’s Health Specialists doctor to check for an array of abnormalities and conditions.
Various strains of HPV, or human papillomavirus, can cause cervical cancer. HPV strains that are sexually transmitted can develop into cervical cancer if left untreated.
When you’re exposed to HPV, your immune system usually stops the virus from hurting you, but in some cases, the virus survives and contributes to cervical cancer forming.
To protect yourself from the sexually transmitted strains of HPV, you should:
Experts believe environmental factors also play a role in causing cervical cancer.
Some of the risk factors for cervical cancer include:
Your Women’s Health Specialists doctor can treat cervical cancer in the early stages with a hysterectomy, a surgery to remove the uterus.
Surgery that preserves fertility might be an option, depending on how much the cancer is spread and if lymph nodes are involved.
Your doctor may recommend other treatment options, such as radiation or chemotherapy, as well as medications to relieve associated pain.
The Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas is a group of highly qualified group of medical professionals committed to helping women. If you have symptoms or are due for a checkup, schedule your appointment online or call today.