Cervical Cancer Overview
Cervical cancer is the only gynecologic cancer that can be prevented by
regular screenings and vaccination. Worldwide, cervical cancer is the
third most common type of cancer in women, usually affecting those between
the ages of 30 and 35. It is much less common in the United States because
of the availability of Pap tests that screen for precancerous and cancerous
changes of the cervix.
Cervical cancer arises from the cervix, which is the lower part of the
uterus that attaches to the top of the vagina. It can originate from the
skin like cells on the outside of the cervix (squamous cancer) or from
the gland like cells in the inside of the cervix (adenocarcinoma). Cervical
cancer is caused by abnormal changes in either of these cell types in
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