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Is Cervical Cancer Curable?

Posted by Total Access Medical on Jan 25, 2022

Screen Shot 2022-01-15 at 4.17.31 PMJanuary is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. This disease is curable, but whether it goes away permanently depends on several factors. 

Early detection and a favorable response to cancer treatment increase the chances.

The American Cancer Society predicts that doctors will diagnose around 14,480 cases of cervical cancer in 2022.

In some cases, cervical cancer is curable. Doctors consider a person as cured when the cancer goes away during treatment and never returns.

However, it is difficult to know for sure that cancer will never come back. Therefore, many doctors use the term “remission” instead. Partial remission means there are fewer signs and symptoms of the cancer. Complete remission means there are no detectable signs of cancer.

Sometimes, people in remission remain cancer-free for the rest of their lives. Sometimes, the cancer returns later on. Some doctors may say a person is “cured” if they stay in complete remission for 5 years or more, but this cannot fully guarantee it will never return.

According to previous studies, many people who receive treatment for early-stage cervical cancer enter remission, with only 10–15% experiencing a recurrence.

Topics: Female Health, Cervical Cancer