Cervical cancer: Screening and prevention
Regular can prevent cervical cancer. But it can also lead to the discovery of abnormal tissue (dysplasia) that doesn't need to be treated.
Cervical cancer (medical term: cervical carcinoma) develops when cells at the opening of the cervix change and become abnormal. Abnormal tissue can be discovered through and then removed before it has a chance to possibly develop into cancer. So this type of can also be seen as a form of prevention. Since it was introduced in the 1970s, there has been a big drop in the number of women with cervical cancer.