• Consumer Health: What do you know about cervical cancer?

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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about cervical cancer.

Early-stage cervical cancer generally produces no signs or symptoms. Indications of more advanced cervical cancer include vaginal bleeding after intercourse, between periods or after menopause; watery, bloody vaginal discharge that may be heavy and have a foul odor; and pelvic pain or pain during intercourse.

It isn't clear what causes cervical cancer, but it's certain that HPV plays a role, along with environmental factors and lifestyle choices. 

Learn more about the risk factors for cervical cancer and what you can do to keep yourself healthy.

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