Cervical Cancer is cancer that begins in the uterine Cervix, the lower end of the uterus that contacts the upper vagina.
Cervical Cancer occurs when the cells of the cervix grow abnormally and invade other tissues and organs of the body.
Symptoms and early signs:
Bleeding between periods
Bleeding after sexual intercourse
Bleeding in post-menopausal women
Discomfort during sexual intercourse
Smelly vaginal discharge
Vaginal discharge tinged with blood
Cervical Cancer facts:
Causes and risk factors for cervical cancer include human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, having many sexual partners, smoking, taking birth control pills, and engaging in early sexual contact.
HPV infection may cause cervical dysplasia, or abnormal growth of cervical cells.
Chest X-rays, CT scan, MRI, and a PET scan may be used to determine the stage of Cervical Cancer.
Cancer of the cervix requires different treatment than cancer that begins in other parts of the uterus.