Colposcopy is a procedure done at the cervix (mouth of the uterus) to detect cancerous or potentially cancerous areas. A doctor will recommend colposcopy for you if your routine PAP smear gives abnormal results. Read more: How Painful Is Colposcopy? Article
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Cervical Cancer (Cancer of the Cervix)
Cervical cancer is cancer of the entrance to the womb (uterus) caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Regular pelvic exams, Pap testing, and screening can detect precancerous changes in the cervix. Cervical cancer can be prevented by a vaccine. The most common signs and symptoms are an increase in vaginal discharge, painful sex, and postmenopausal bleeding. The prognosis and survival rate depend upon the stage at which the cancer was diagnosed.
Most Aggressive Form of Cervical Cancer
The most aggressive form of cervical cancer is small cell cervical cancer, which is also called small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma. It is a very rare type of cervical cancer.
What Does a Colposcopy Test For?
Colposcopy is usually done at a doctor's office or clinic, and it typically takes 10 to 20 minutes. Usually, the procedure is not very painful, so it may not need any pain medication or anesthesia. Comfort-wise, it is usually similar to a Pap test.
What Does the Conization of Cervix Mean?
The cervix is the mouth of the uterus that opens further into the vagina. Conization or cone biopsy of the cervix is a surgical procedure in which a small cone-shaped or cylindrical wedge of tissue is removed from the cervix (mouth of the uterus).
How Can You Get Cervical Cancer?
Cervical cancer may occur because of numerous reasons but has a strong association with a long-standing infection with human papillomavirus (HPV).