The Bismarck Cancer Center (BCC) allows patients in our area to receive state-of-the-art cancer treatment and caring support while staying close to home and loved ones. We have a highly-skilled and compassionate team of radiation therapists, medical physicists, nurses and dosimetrists working with your radiation oncologist to care for you during your treatment.
Dr. Cole Kreofsky
Cervical Cancer Awareness

Ask a Pro

Dr. Cole Kreofsky, Radiation Oncologist,

Bismarck Cancer Center                                                     

Q:  I am a 22 year old female college student and I recently had my yearly exam with my OBGYN.  She said that I have precancerous cells.  Does this mean I have cancer?

A:  Cervical cancer is one of the cancers where there seems to be a step-progression. Normal cells in  the cervix that change over time can lead to a progression of cancer. The interesting thing with cervical cancer is that the process takes a long time, so screening for the disease helps dramatically. There’s a period of time where you can detect it early.  This is why your yearly checkups are essential and it’s important to realize precancerous conditions are very treatable. 

Almost all cervical cancers are caused by HPV. Cervical cancer can be prevented through the HPV vaccine, as it protects against the HPV that most often causes cervical cancer. It is given in a series of three shots and is recommended for boys and girls older than 11. Other safety precautions: don’t smoke, use condoms during sex, and limit your number of sexual partners.

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