Cervical Cancer Screening
People with cervical cancer usually do not show symptoms until the cancer has spread. Get tested. Take control of your health.
Liquid-based cytology (LBC) is a simple, safe and effective method of examining the cells of the cervix (the neck of the female womb) for any abnormalities that might indicate a high likelihood for the development of cancer or early cancer.
It was developed to improve the diagnostic reliability of conventional Papanicolaou (Pap) smears.
A Pap smear is a screening procedure for cervical cancer. It tests for the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells on your cervix.
Persistent infection with some types of human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer.
The HPV DNA test looks for the HPV types known to confer a higher risk for the development of cervical cancer.
Liquid-based cytology (LBC) is a simple, safe and effective method of examining the cells of the cervix and the HPV test looks for the HPV types that are known to confer a higher risk for the development of cervical cancer.
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The second most common cancer among women in Nigeria is cervical cancer
Women in Nigeria from the age of 15 years, and above are at risk of developing cervical cancer
Woman dies of cervical cancer every two minutes.
Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that affects the cervix, the hollow cylinder that connects the lower part of a woman’s uterus to her vagina.
Cervical cancer is almost always caused by persistent infection with certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Cervical cells which are infected initially develop some precancerous changes, which in some women may progress to become cancer.
- Bleeding between periods
- Bleeding after sexual intercourse
- Bleeding in post-menopausal women
- Discomfort during sexual intercourse
- Vaginal discharge with a strong odour
- Vaginal discharge tinged with blood
- Pelvic pain
Causes of Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer is caused by a persistent infection of the cervix by certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) – A sexually transmitted virus.
You can get HPV from
Any skin-to-skin contact of the genital area
Vaginal, anal or oral sex
Sharing sex toys
You can get HPV from
You’re under 45 – cervical cancer is more common in younger people.
You have a weakened immune system, like if you have HIV/AIDS.
You have given birth to multiple children or had children at a young age.
You have a history of vaginal, vulval, kidney or bladder cancer.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What are the early signs of cervical cancer?
In the early stages, cervical cancer usually does not cause symptoms. This is why cytology studies such as LBC and HPV testing is important to detect precancerous and cancerous cells early.
Can cervical cancer be cured?
The earlier the stage of cervical cancer, the more options there are for a possible cure.
- The earliest stages of cervical cancer can be cured if treated properly.
- A hysterectomy (surgical removal of the cervix and uterus) can cure cervical cancer if it has not spread to other parts of the body.
- Once cervical cancer has spread to other parts of the body, the chances for a cure drastically decrease.
Who gets cervical cancer?
All women are at risk for cervical cancer. Cervical cancer occurs most often in women over the age of 30.
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