What is cervical cancer? It forms in the tissues of the cervix, the lower part of the uterus, or womb, leading to the vagina. It is thought to be a late development of infection from the human papilloma virus, a group of viruses that commonly causes warts.
The transformation from normal cervical tissue to cancer is believed to take years, highlighting the importance of regular Pap tests in women.
How often does it occur? In the United States, more than 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually and just over 4,000 die from the disease.
What does University of Minnesota Cancer Care offer? As one of the largest gynecologic cancer services in the Midwest, we provide comprehensive care and access to the latest treatments of gynecologic cancers. Our team also provides such services as innovative robotic surgery, and emotional and psychological counseling.