Conditions InDepth: Cervical Cancer
A benign tumor is not cancer. It will not spread to other parts of the body. A malignant tumor is cancer. Cancer cells divide and damage tissue around them. They can enter the bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body. This can be life-threatening.
Cervical cancer comes in two major forms:
- Squamous cell cancer—arises form the cells on the outermost portion of the cervix that connects with the vagina
- Adenocarcinoma—arises from the gland cells that are found on the inner lining of the cervical canal
Squamous cancer is more common than adenocarinoma. Many cases of squamous cancer are associated with infection with a virus (
American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp .
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/ .
National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/ .
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