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Cervical cancer occurs when cancer cells start growing in the tissues of the cervix. It usually grows slowly and may not cause symptoms. And it's almost always caused by a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
The cervix is part of the female reproductive system. It's the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina.
Current as of: May 4, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Ross Berkowitz MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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