Cervical Cancer

Definition - What does Cervical Cancer mean?

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that affects the cervix. During cervical cancer, abnormal cell growth begins at the cervix and has the ability to spread to other parts of the body. Early stages generally present no symptoms. Later development of the condition may bring symptoms including vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain, or pain during sexual intercourse. Cervical cancer screening is generally covered annually under most insurance plans as required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

WorkplaceTesting explains Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is narrowly related to the Human papillomavirus (HPV), which is involved in a vast majority of cases. Other risk factors that induce minor risk include smoking, a weak immune system, obesity, birth control pills, becoming sexually active at a young age, and having multiple sexual partners.

Most companies previously included cervical cancer screening in their workplace health programs to ensure the general health of all workers and reduce worker loss due to major illness. However, in 2012, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) strengthened requirements for providing annual screenings for cervical cancer so that most companies now provide this screening without cost to employees through insurance plans.

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