Early detection of cervical cancer can save lives!
The cervix is the muscular lower part of the uterus that extends into the vagina. Cancer develops when healthy cells in this area become abnormal and then turn malignant.
Each year an estimated 1,400 Canadian women are diagnosed with this cancer and 400 die of it. This is the second most common malignancy in Canadian women ages 20 – 44.
The symptoms are usually not noticeable until the cancer is advanced. Annual PAP SMEARS in women under 35 years and every 2nd year pap smears in women over 35 years with a history of 3 consecutive normal pap smears is recommend.