Defining Cervical Cancer (02:47)
Affecting 500,000 women per year with a 30-50% death rate, cervical is the second most common cancer worldwide. It can occur as squamous cell carcinoma (Type I) or adenocarcinoma (Type II).
Cervical Cancer Risk Factors (01:58)
Cervical cancer is linked to Human papillomavirus (HPV), smoking, diet, sexual behavior and immune-suppression.
Cervical Cancer Stages (01:47)
Learn the disease stages and associated symptoms.
Cervical Cancer Diagnosis (02:21)
Learn symptoms of cervical cancer and associated physical and laboratory examination procedures. Once confirmed, doctors conduct a detailed pelvic examination and an MRI scan to determine the stage.
Cervical Cancer Treatment (Graphic) (03:16)
Depending on disease stage and localization, surgery, radiation or chemotherapy is prescribed. View footage of a hysterectomy in progress, a commonly used procedure.
Hysterectomy (Graphic) (01:44)
Most cervical cancer patients must have their uterus removed; view footage of a procedure in progress. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are prescribed after surgery.
Psychological Effects of Cervical Cancer (03:51)
After having a hysterectomy, women often feel sad, guilty, and experience sexual difficulty. Family support is important; a patient describes her emotional journey.
Cervical Cancer Prevention (02:28)
Vaccination and screening are the main preventative measures, including Papanicolaou (PAP) and HPV DNA tests.
HPV Vaccine (01:28)
Nearly all sexually active women are infected with HPV; education is important for prevention and vaccinations are most effective before exposure.
Cervical Cancer Outlook (01:46)
Learn about research efforts to develop multiple HPV subtype vaccinations and surgical treatment methods less damaging to patient fertility.
Credits: Cervical Cancer: Disease and…Ease (01:01)
Credits: Cervical Cancer: Disease and…Ease
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