Review the following "Questions to Ask" about cervical cancer so you're prepared to discuss this important health issue with your health care professional.

1. What is my risk for developing cervical cancer? How can I limit my risks?

2. What should I do before getting a Pap smear, to make sure the test is as accurate as possible?

3. Are you sending my Pap test to a board-certified lab? Does a board-certified pathologist oversee this lab?

4. How will I be informed of the results?

5. If I have cervical cancer, what treatment options are available?

6. I was diagnosed with human papillomavirus (HPV). How often do I need pelvic exams and Pap smears?

7. I am so afraid of cancer that I'm afraid to come in for a Pap smear or pelvic exam. What should I do?

8. What is a colposcopy and why do you recommend it? Will it hurt?

9. Can cervical cancer be cured? Can it come back after it's been treated?

10. What kind of experience do you have in treating cervical cancer? Have you had specialty training in gynecological oncology?

11. Will I have to be "checked for cancer" for the rest of my life?

12. What are the risks that my daughter will have cervical cancer too?

Last medical review: 6/06

Last date updated: 1/07

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