Cases of advances cervical cancer increasing

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Late-stage cervical cancer appears to be on the rise.

Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic say the spike could be due in part to the pandemic and the change in guidelines for pap smears.

Women were told before to get them done annually. Now it’s every three years – and in some cases – five years.

Early stages of cervical cancer don’t usually involve symptoms – and can be hard to detect – making routine pap smears extremely important.

Roughly 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed every year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.