The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 12,000 women are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer (cancer that has spread outside the cervix) each year. It is one of the main cancers of the female reproductive organs.
The cervix is in the bottom part of the uterus (or womb, where a baby grows). It joins the uterus to the vagina (birth canal).
Most women who develop cervical cancer are between 20 and 50 years old. It used to be one of the main causes of death from cancer in the United States, but the widespread use of the Pap test has helped doctors find cervical cancer in the early stages.
Cervical cancer often can be treated successfully when it is caught and treated early.
At Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, cervical cancer is treated with a multidisciplinary approach in which a team of experts including gynecological oncologists and radiation oncologists work together to develop an individual treatment plan based on each patient’s unique needs.
Cancer risk factors include exposure to chemicals or other substances, as well as certain behaviors. They also include things people cannot control, like age and family history.
Most cancers have the same symptoms as other, less serious conditions. Still, it’s important to know the signs.