What is cervical cancer?
Cervical cancer is cancer that forms in a woman's cervix, at the lower part of the uterus. It is caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). This is a common virus which also causes genital warts. There are many different types of HPV virus, and only a few are linked to the development of cervical cancer.
There is now a vaccination which can protect against certain types of HPV, including most of those that cause cervical cancer. This has the potential to significantly reduce the numbers of woman affected by cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer is a serious medical condition that requires prompt attention and treatment.
You may have experienced abnormal vaginal bleeding or have an abnormal cervical pap smear.
The cervical cancer-screening program is designed to identity ‘pre-cancer’ and early cervical cancer, so it can be effectively treated before serious disease ensues.
Treatment of cervical cancer requires a specialist in gynaecologist cancers. This doctor is called a gynaecology oncologist. The doctors at Aceso Health will liaise with the excellent team at Wellington Hospital for ongoing care.
Treatment depends on the extent of the cancer. It may require surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy.