cervical cancer

Pronunciation: (SER-vih-kul KAN-ser)

Cancer that forms in tissues of the cervix (the organ connecting the uterus and vagina). It is usually a slow-growing cancer that may not have symptoms but can be found with regular Pap tests (a procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix and looked at under a microscope). Cervical cancer is almost always caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2005-10-24 Date last modified: 2009-09-01