What is cervical cancer?

Cervical Cancer Help & REsources

Cervical Cancer is a very common type of cancer in women. In the US, more than 12,000 new patients are diagnosed each year and more than 4,000 women die from the advanced form of the disease annually. Worldwide, a woman dies from cervical cancer every two minutes. Cervical cancer starts in the cervix, which is the lower part of the uterus. Most of the time there are no symptoms. That makes an annual pap smear an absolute necessity for any woman within three years of becoming sexually active or by age 21.

Cervical cancer can often be found early, and sometimes even prevented entirely. If detected early, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable cancers.

For more detailed information about cervical cancer, its causes and treatment, please visit http://www.nccc-online.org