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Dr. Reynolds
January: Cervical Cancer Awareness

Ask a Pro with Dr. Robert Reynolds, Radiation Oncologist, Bismarck Cancer Center

Q:  I recently had my yearly cervical exam with my OBGYN and she found precancerous cells.  What does this mean?

A: The term “precancerous cells” can be scary, and it's important to begin talking about these cells by saying that not all precancerous cells turn into cancer. Removing cells that are pre-cancerous can prevent cervical cancer from developing. The interesting thing with cervical cancer is that the process takes a long time and it can take 10-15 years to develop into cancer. This is why your yearly checkups are essential and it’s important to realize precancerous conditions are very treatable. 

Almost all cervical cancers are caused by HPV. You are more likely to get HPV if you or your partner have had multiple sexual partners.  Cervical cancer can be prevented through the HPV vaccine, as it protects against the HPV that most often causes cervical cancer. It is given in a series of three shots and is recommended for boys and girls older than 11. Other safety precautions: don’t smoke, use condoms during sex, and limit your number of sexual partners.

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