cancer is a malignant tumor that originates in the cells of the cervix. But, with time, without appropriate
treatment, the malignancy can spread (metastasize) to other body parts, making healing or survival more
difficult. Fortunately with active campaigns for
early detection and prevention, the disease is now diagnosed early, in a great majority of cases, before
occurrence of symptoms. Please see cervical cancer
symptoms for more
searching for precancerous lesions through the practice of Pap screening, allows health professionals to
detect the disease in its early stage, thus preventing complications. The discovery of precancerous lesions,
including severe dysplasia or carcinoma in situ, allows treatment to ensure healing of the patient with a
very low rate of recidivism.
global cervical cancer
statistics show the disease is more common and deadly in certain parts of the world.
certain developing countries, mostly in Africa, the tumor is one of the top killers. It is estimated
that three quarters of cases occur in
developing countries where programs for screening and treatment are somehow inadequate or neglected. Another cause can be unsafe sex.
Cervical cancer and
sex (without protection) should not be
neglected due to the fact HPV infection is one of the leading causes of the disease.
the narrow lower part of the uterus (womb), the cervix is an
important organ of the female reproductive system. It is the passage connecting the uterus
to the vagina, the stretchable
canalthat connects the
cervixto the outside of the
normal condition, the cells of the cervix live and die according to a programmed cellular death called
sometimes, due certain carcinogenic conditions, some cells undergo changes that cause them to behave or grow
abnormally. These changes can lead to the development of benign tumors (non cancerous): polyps,
fibroids, and others.
same, a group of cells can behave abnormally to form a precancerous condition called dysplasia of the cervix
or cervical dysplasia. In this medical condition, the cells are
not cancerous, but their risk of becoming malignant is higher. Cervical dysplasia
common precancerous condition that tends to transform into cancer if left treated. Fortunately, most women diagnosed with
the disease are successfully treated before formation of cancer. However, in some cases, changes in
cervical cells can cause cancer; thus, the importance of adopting a good cervical cancer
Cervical cancer are squamous cell carcinomas, they develop in the thin and flat cells of the cervix, which
are part of the lining of the cervix uteri (Latin:
neckof the uterus)
that recover its surface. This cancer has the name epidermoid carcinoma of the cervix or
Cancer can also originate in glandular
cells that produce mucus. These cells line the inner part of
the cervixuteri; this is
adenocarcinoma of the cervix.
rare types of cervical cancer that may also occur include Adenosquamous carcinoma, also called mixed
carcinoma; and carcinoma vitreous cells.
Cervical Cancer Statisitcs