What is Cervical Cancer?Cervical cancer is a malignant tumor deriving from cells of the "cervix uteri", which is the lower part, the "neck" of the womb, the female reproductive organ.
One of the most common cancers in women
Cervical Cancer is the second most common cancer in women worldwide and is a leading cause of cancer-related death in women in underdeveloped countries. It is one of the most common cancers that affect a woman's reproductive organs. Cervical cancer that spreads to other organs may cause constipation, blood in the urine called hematuria, fistula that is the abnormal opening in the cervix, and also can cause obstruction in the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder.
Cancer stages and treatmentEarly cervical cancer does not show any signs or symptoms. It is usually a very slow growing cancer. Cervical cancer when diagnosed at later stages can be treated however the success rate is much lower. Most women that have invasive cervical cancer will be treated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation or some combination of these. There are women that will have a hysterectomy as a consequence of cervical cancer that has spread within the cervix.
The role of screeningIn women who receive regular screening, the first sign of the disease is usually an abnormal Pap test result. Pap smears are the best screening technique currently available to evaluate the cells on the face of the cervix. The Pap smear is defined as a test for the signs of cervical cancer such as cancerous or pre-cancerous cells of the cervix.
- National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC)
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