About 2,800 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK each year. Cervical cancer is usually caused by a common infection called Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). However, most women with HPV will not get cervical cancer. The cervix is the lower part of the womb and is often called the neck of the womb. it joins the womb to the top of the vagina.
The most common symptom of cervical cancer are:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding usually between periods or after sex;
- A bad smelling vaginal discharge;
- Discomfort during sex.
There are many other conditions that could cause these symptoms, however it is vital that you get checked out as soon as symptoms appear. Cancer of the cervix can be treated with radiotherapy, chemotherapy or a combination of these treatments. Regular cervical screening is the best way to prevent cervical cancer.