Cancer occurs when cells in the body begin changing and multiplying out of control. These cells can form lumps of tissue called tumors. Cancer that starts in the cervix is called cervical cancer. Cervical cancer can spread from the cervix to other parts of the body. This spread is called metastasis. The more cancer spreads, the harder it is to treat.
The cervix is the neck of the uterus (organ that holds the baby when a woman is pregnant). The cervix connects the uterus to the vagina.
When cells in the cervix begin to grow in ways that are not normal, it is called dysplasia. Dysplasia is NOT cancer, but it can lead to cancer if not treated. Once cancer forms, there are three possible types:
Squamous cell carcinoma starts in the thin, flat cells on the surface of the cervix. This is the most common form of cervical cancer.
Adenocarcinoma starts in gland cells near where the cervix meets the uterus.
Mixed carcinoma is cancer in both types of cells.
You and your healthcare provider will discuss a treatment plan that's best for your needs. Treatment options may include:
Surgery to remove the uterus.
Radiation therapy, which uses directed rays of energy to kill cancer cells.
Chemotherapy, which uses strong medications to kill cancer cells. It may be used along with radiation.
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