Central nervous system lymphoma See primary

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cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) The fluid found within the cavities of the brain and surrounding both the brain and the spinal cord. A sample of this fluid is often removed from the body for diagnosis purposes by a lumbar puncture (spinal tap). The fluid is analyzed for cancer cells or evidence of other disorders.

cerebrovascular accident (CVA) A stroke. A general term most commonly applied to cere-brovascular conditions that accompany either ischemic or hemorrhagic lesions. These conditions are usually secondary to atherosclerotic disease, hypertension, or a combination of both. Also called apoplexy or simply a "shock."

cervical atypia Abnormalities or irregularities in cervical cells.

cervical cancer Malignant neoplasm (growth) in the cervix, or neck of the uterus. Cervical cancer may occur at any age from puberty on. The mortality rate increases with age. Risk factors include early age at first intercourse, multiple sexual partners, more than five pregnancies, and a history of syphilis or gonorrhea. Women whose mothers took DES while pregnant are also at risk. It is suspected that an oncogenic factor, most probably a virus, is transmitted sexually, and the human papilloma virus is thought to be an important factor.

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