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Every year, more than 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cervical cancer develops in the cells of the cervix — the neck-shaped structure that connects the uterus and the vagina.
If you or a loved one has cervical cancer, or abnormal vaginal bleeding or pelvic pain, schedule a consultation at Dignity Health Cancer Institute of Greater Sacramento. Our expert oncologists and nurse navigators provide advanced care and treatment for cervical cancer in Sacramento, CA and the surrounding areas. Find a Doctor or call 888.800.7688 to receive the services you need.
In almost all cases, cervical cancer is caused by an earlier infection with HPV (human papillomavirus). Fortunately, vaccines for HPV make cervical cancer a highly preventable disease. Not all women with an HPV infection will develop cervical cancer.
Risk factors for cervical cancer include:
Speak with a doctor at Dignity Health about ways to lower your risk factors for cervical cancer.
The most common type of cervical cancer is squamous cell carcinoma. About nine out of 10 cervical cancers are this type. The second most common type of cervical cancer is adenocarcinoma. It develops in the cells in the glands of the cervix closest to the uterus. The third type of cervical cancer is mixed carcinoma and is much less common.
At Dignity Health, our gynecologists can perform Pap tests to catch most cervical cancers before they become more advanced.
If cervical cancer has progressed, you may notice the following symptoms:
Because these symptoms can occur with many other gynecologic conditions, it’s important to consult your doctor for the right diagnosis.
Using the latest technologies, our experienced, skilled oncologists offer a complete range of treatment options for cervical cancer. Your treatment will depend on the stage of your cancer, but may include the following: