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Cervical cancer starts in the cervix — the cylinder-shaped neck of tissue that connects your uterus and vagina. Every year, more than 12,000 women are diagnosed with this disease. Fortunately, enhanced screening and detection methods have led to better outcomes.
If you’d like more information about cervical cancer in the Bay Area, come to Dignity Health for expert care. Our gynecologists and oncologists partner together, and are passionate about helping you prevent and fight cancer at every stage. For the services you need, Find a Doctor online.
The primary cause of cervical cancer is prior infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). However, not all women with the HPV infection develop cervical cancer.
These are the most important risk factors for cervical cancer:
A Dignity Health doctor can help you lower your risk factors. To learn more, visit one of our cancer centers in the Bay Area:
In more advanced stages, symptoms of cervical cancer may include:
Since these symptoms are very similar to those of other gynecological conditions, talk with your doctor for the right diagnosis.
When needed, treatment for cervical cancer may include chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and targeted cancer therapy. Dignity Health doctors use state-of-the-art surgical tools to remove cancerous and noncancerous tumors.
The development of HPV vaccines have help improved cervical cancer prevention. Additionally, a regular Pap test, or Pap smear, can catch most cervical cancers early, before symptoms begin. Schedule your annual exam to receive a Pap test at a Dignity Health hospital in the Bay Area today.
Dignity Health hospitals in the Bay Area provide expert care for all stages of cervical cancer in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.