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We strongly recommend that you get regular screenings for cervical cancer, as symptoms may not be apparent in early stages.
Symptoms usually do not begin until the cancer becomes invasive and grows into nearby tissue, so we strongly recommend regular screening tests for cervical cancer. See your provider right away if you experience:
These signs and symptoms can also be caused by conditions other than cervical cancer, but don’t ignore them—if you do have cancer, waiting to get checked can mean it will grow to a more advanced stage and lower your chance for effective treatment.
We know that human papillomavirus, or HPV, is not the only cause—other risk factors can also influence which women exposed to HPV are more likely to develop cervical cancer:
A Pap test or Pap smear tells your provider if there are any changes to your cervix. To perform the test, your provider holds your vagina open with a speculum. Then she uses a small brush to get cells from your cervix and vagina. These cells are then examined in a lab. The best time for a Pap test is at least five days after your menstrual period.
No, most often cervical cancer grows and spreads slowly. However, it may spread quickly in some cases depending on the type and other conditions.
If it spreads, it typically spreads to the lymph system, liver, lungs and bones.