Cervical cancer is the 9th most common cancer in Singaporean women. It can be effectively treated if it is detected early. The best protection against cervical cancer is to go for regular Pap smear once every three years. You can also speak to your doctor about the HPV vaccination to determine if you are suitable.
The link between cervical cancer and HPV
Types of cervical cancer
Women with the following conditions are at a higher risk of developing cervical cancer
Women who have never had sexual intercourse are at low risk for cervical cancer.
In the early stages, women with cervical cancer may not have any symptoms.
As the cancer progresses, these symptoms and signs include:
Screening for cervical cancer
Click here for more information on Pap Smear.
To confirm the diagnosis, the specialist may perform the following tests:
Cervical cancer if detected in its early stages can be treated. Treatment is simple and almost 100% effective. Treatments of early stage cancer include:
Cervical cancer that invades deeper into the cervix is referred to as invasive cancer and requires more extensive treatment. Treatment options may include:
You can reduce your risk of cervical cancer by:
Text taken from Singapore Health Promotion Board.
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