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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cervical Cancer Update

LONDON ( -- Female smokers who kick the habit may greatly reduce their risk of cervical cancer, British doctors reported.

Cancer of the cervix, the mouth of the uterus, is one of the most common cancers among women. It is highly fatal, if untreated, but easily detected in a test known as a Pap smear.

Dr. Anne Szarewski and colleagues at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund checked 82 smokers who had abnormal Pap smears, in which the cells of the cervix are found to be abnormal. They were asked to quit smoking.

After six months more than 80 percent of those who quit or cut back on smoking had a reduction in the abnormal area, compared with fewer than 20 percent of those who kept smoking.