cer·​vi·​cal | \ ˈsər-vi-kəl How to pronounce cervical (audio) \

Definition of cervical

: of or relating to a neck or cervix

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After the contract with Healthfirst ended on Jan. 1, more than 100 women were left waiting for breast and cervical cancer screenings. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mayor Tom Barrett has nominated a new Health Department commissioner. Here are the problems facing the agency," 12 July 2018 Age 27 — 54 Most cancers don’t hit until later in life, but doctors recommend some patients in their thirties and forties get screened for colon, prostate, breast, and cervical cancers. Chelsea Leu, WIRED, "How Science Is Solving Health Issues at All Stages of Life," 27 Mar. 2018 Idaho’s Medicaid program already makes an exception to cover treatment for low-income women with breast and cervical cancers. Audrey Dutton And Kimberlee Kruesi, idahostatesman, "Idaho lawmakers block new approach to health insurance for sick and working poor | Idaho Statesman," 27 Feb. 2018 Meet Corrie Ortega, a research scientist who is developing a test to support cervical cancer screening in impoverished communities. Michelle Archer, The Seattle Times, "Bellevue research scientist is on a mission to improve global health equality," 12 Dec. 2018 The kids are alright Although the vaccine is now recommended for both boys and girls, the initial drive was to get teenage girls vaccinated, given the link between HPV and cervical cancer. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Cultural barriers still stand in the way of HPV vaccine uptake," 4 Nov. 2018 Once upon a time, cervical cancer screening took place during the annual Pap smear. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Women in Their 30s Need to Know About Getting an HPV Test for Cervical Cancer Screening," 22 Aug. 2018 The program pays for mammograms, pap tests, cervical cancer screenings for high-risk women, as well as other tests. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Women left waiting for cancer screenings after Milwaukee Health Department stopped providing services," 10 July 2018 That's way below the 60 percent to 80 percent rates for breast, colon or cervical cancer screening. Marilynn Marchione, chicagotribune.com, "A cancer screening flop: Few smokers seek free lung scans," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of cervical

1681, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cervical

: of or relating to a cervix of the uterus
: of or relating to the neck


cer·​vi·​cal | \ ˈsər-vi-kəl, British usually sər-ˈvī-kəl\

Medical Definition of cervical

: of or relating to a neck or cervix cervical cancer

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