Cervical Cancer

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Cervical cancer forms in a woman's cervix, the lower, narrow part of the uterus. It is the second most common cancer in the world. Because it develops slowly, regular Pap smear screenings help doctors detect the disease early when it is most easily treated. Although infection with the human papillomavirus, or HPV, correlates strongly with cervical cancer, there are many factors from lifestyle to nutrition to genetics that contribute to its development. This concise volume explains the causes, symptoms, progress, and treatments of cervical cancer.
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Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
The famous Evita of Argentina, comedian Julia Sweeney from Saturday Night Live, and more than 500,000 other women have one thing in common—cervical cancer. This horrendous cancer is the second most common cancer in the world. If caught in the early stages, it can be treated and the chance of survival is great. However, if the cancer is in the later stages, it can spread to other areas of the body as well as cause death. The greatest risk factor of cervical cancer is being infected with human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus is transmitted directly by contact, usually sexual. However, prolonged use of oral contraceptives, smoking, having many children, poor nutrition, and obesity are other factors of cervical cancer. This highly enlightening book explains the female anatomy and how cervical cancer affects the body. Also featured is specific information about HPV, tests used for screening for cervical cancer, the stages of this cancer, and the treatment. Scientific efforts include vaccines to produce immunity to cervical cancer. One such vaccine was approved in 2006, while others are still being researched and have not been approved for public use. Future research should eliminate this health problem facing women of the world. Science or health teachers would enjoy having this instructive book as part of their library or curriculum. This book is part of the "Deadly Diseases and Epidemics" series. Reviewer: Cathi I. White
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791089415
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: Deadly Diseases and Epidemics Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   David Heymann     6
Introduction     9
A Silent Killer     10
Female Anatomy 101     15
Epidemiology of Cervical Cancer     27
Public Enemy Number 1: Human Papillomavirus     42
The Transformation     52
Screening Tests and Diagnostic Procedures     64
Treatment for Cervical Cancer     79
Cancer Vaccines     91
The Future of Cervical Cancer     102
Glossary     108
Bibliography     117
Further Reading     121
Web Sites     121
Index     122
About the Author     128
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