Cervical Cancer (cont.)
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How is cervical cancer diagnosed?
If you have symptoms of cervical cancer, your doctor will try to find out what's causing the problems. You may have the following tests:
The doctor will remove tissue in one of the following ways:
A pathologist checks the tissue under a microscope for cancer cells. In most cases, a biopsy is the only sure way to tell whether cancer is present.
Removing tissue from the cervix may cause some bleeding or other discharge. The area usually heals quickly. Some women also feel some pain similar to menstrual cramps. Your doctor can suggest medicine that will help relieve any pain.
You may want to ask the doctor these questions before having a biopsy:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/10/2014
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