What is cervical cancer?
Cervical cancer is a malignant tumour in the tissues of the cervix. It most commonly begins in an area called the transformation zone, which is where two types of cells meet.
At diagnosis, the cancer is often within the cervix, but it may have spread to tissues around the cervix (e.g. the vagina) or to other parts of the body.
Cervical cancer symptoms
If early cell changes develop into cervical cancer, the most common signs include:
- vaginal bleeding between periods
- bleeding after intercourse or pain during intercourse
- unusual vaginal discharge or bleeding.
Cervical cancer statistics
- In Australia, about 750 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year.
- Cervical cancer accounts for 1.6% of all cancers in females.
The aim of this information is to help you understand about cervical cancer. We cannot advise you about the best treatment for you. You need to discuss this with your doctors. However, we hope this information will answer some of your questions and help you think about the questions you would like to ask your doctors or other health carers.