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What is cancer of the cervix?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: The cervix is

Part of the uterus (womb) that exits the abdomina cavity into the upper vagina.
It is exposed to the world of things that you allow to enter you vagina, and all of the exposures it has. Current belief is that most cacx is caused by 2 strans of a virus, hpv. A new vaccine can prevent acquisition and cancer.

In brief: The cervix is

Part of the uterus (womb) that exits the abdomina cavity into the upper vagina.
It is exposed to the world of things that you allow to enter you vagina, and all of the exposures it has. Current belief is that most cacx is caused by 2 strans of a virus, hpv. A new vaccine can prevent acquisition and cancer.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cervical cancer

Ca of the cervix is cancer that starts in that donut shaped bottom of the "womb".
The uterus sits on top of it and when we talk about the dilation at the time of delivery...That's the cervix that has to dilate to allow the baby to pass out of the uterus.When you have a pap smear this is checking the cervix for abnormal cells.

In brief: Cervical cancer

Ca of the cervix is cancer that starts in that donut shaped bottom of the "womb".
The uterus sits on top of it and when we talk about the dilation at the time of delivery...That's the cervix that has to dilate to allow the baby to pass out of the uterus.When you have a pap smear this is checking the cervix for abnormal cells.
Dr. Kris Gast
Dr. Kris Gast
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Cervical cancer arises often from the lining of the cervix due to infection with HPV or Human Papilloma Virus, which results in squamous cancer. Adenocarcinoma of the cervix can also occur.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Viruses mostly

The uterus, or womb, has a body with a lining to accept a fertilized egg to develop in pregnancy, and a "neck" or cervix that dangles into the vagina.
It stretches and dilates and flattens at time of birth, but it is exposed to everything inserted into the vagina. The cervix surface can deal with infections and viruses, but most cervix cancer is caused by human pailoma virus. Gardisil can prevent.

In brief: Viruses mostly

The uterus, or womb, has a body with a lining to accept a fertilized egg to develop in pregnancy, and a "neck" or cervix that dangles into the vagina.
It stretches and dilates and flattens at time of birth, but it is exposed to everything inserted into the vagina. The cervix surface can deal with infections and viruses, but most cervix cancer is caused by human pailoma virus. Gardisil can prevent.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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