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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

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Cervical Cancer
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Cervical cancer is one of the most common types of cancer affecting women. According to the National Institute of Health, about 12,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year in America. In the past few decades, the number of deaths from this cancer has dramatically decreased due to Pap test screenings, vaccines and research.

  • About 12,340 new cases of invasive cervical cancer were diagnosed in 2013.
  • About 4,030 women died from cervical cancer in 2013.
  • Most cervical cancer cases are found in women between 20 to 50 years old.
  • The Pap test is used as a screening procedure to find cervical cancer early, in its most curable stage, and to detect changes in the cervix before cancer develops.
  • Thanks to the increased use of the Pap test, the cervical cancer death rate has significantly decreased by 70 percent.
    *Statistics are according to the American Cancer Society.

Cervical cancer is defined as cancer that starts in the cervix or lower part of the uterus. Several risk factors can increase your chances of developing this type of cancer:

  • Human papillomavirus infection (HPV)
  • Smoking
  • Diet
  • Family history
  • Taking birth control pills over a long period of time
  • Immunosuppression (HIV or AIDS)
  • Chlamydia infection
  • Having had three or more full-term pregnancies

To learn more about these risk factors and how you can help prevent them, visit cancer.org.

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One of the keys to protecting yourself from cervical cancer is to have testing done to find pre-cancerous cells before they can turn into invasive cancer. The Pap test and HPV test are useful screening mechanisms for this purpose. Early detection can improve your chances of successful treatment and survival.

According to the American Cancer Society:

  • Women should begin cervical cancer testing at age 21.
  • Women 21 to 29 years old should have a Pap test every three years.
  • Beginning at age 30, the preferred way to screen is with a Pap test combined with an HPV test every five years.
  • Women who have been vaccinated against HPV should still be screened regularly.
  • Women who are at high risk of cervical cancer because of a suppressed immune system may need to be screened more often and should follow the recommendations of their doctor.

Do you need a doctor? Rex offers referrals to gynecologists and other specialists that can screen you for cervical cancer. Call Rex HealthNet at (919) 784-4490 or visit rexhealth.com/healthnet for a referral.

Rex Cancer Center offers outreach opportunities for people who want to become trained volunteers and provide additional preventative health information to the community. To learn more about Rex Cancer Outreach programs, call (919) 784-6247 or visit rexhealth.com/outreach-screenings.

UNC Gynecologic Oncology at Rex

Experts Here to Help

For women who have been diagnosed with cervical cancer, Rex is here to help. We have a team of specialized physicians who are board certified in gynecologic oncology and can provide the best treatment options for you.

Our experts with UNC Gynecologic Oncology at Rex work together and are committed to your care and treatment. Through a partnership with UNC Health Care, these UNC physicians utilize space at Rex Cancer Center to treat patients, perform consultations and perform surgeries at Rex Hospital.

Learn more about our physicians:

Rex Cancer Center

Why choose Rex Cancer Center for your cervical cancer treatment?

As a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center, Rex Cancer Center is certified by the American College of Surgeons. Offering the latest technologies and treatments as well as clinical trials, Rex Cancer Center provides patients and their families with educational programs, screening opportunities, support groups and individual/family counseling. The center has an array of books, pamphlets, videos and internet resources to meet a wide variety of needs. Our patients have added confidence knowing that Rex is affiliated with the nationally recognized N.C. Cancer Hospital and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill.

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