Cervical cancer diagnosis

If your screening test results suggest that you have a higher risk of developing cervical cancer, or you have symptoms of cervical cancer, you will be referred to a specialist for tests to confirm the diagnosis of precancerous changes or cervical cancer.

Some tests allow your doctor to see the tissue in your cervix and surrounding areas more clearly. Other tests tell the doctor about your general health and whether the cancer has spread. You probably won’t need to have all the tests described in this section.

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