Cervical cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in women worldwide, is easily prevented with regular screening and prompt treatment. If the initial cervical cancer screening, or pap smear, is abnormal, the next step is often a colposcopy. A colposcopy is an in-office procedure that uses a colposcope to magnify the cervix and detect any areas that may need biopsy. The procedure usually lasts 5-10 minutes and can be mildly uncomfortable but is invaluable in providing an appropriate diagnosis.
Cervical cancer screening and colposcopy are important tools in the fight against cervical cancer. Regular screening and follow up treatment is effective in preventing precancerous lesions from progressing to cancer. Early detection and treatment saves lives, so don’t hesitate to take control of your cervical health today.