Cervical cancerOverview

Cervical cancer develops in a woman's cervix (the entrance to the womb from the vagina). It mainly affects sexually active women aged between 30 and 45.


Cervical cancer is a cancer in the cervix, the opening of the womb from the vagina.


An early sign of cervical cancer is unusual vaginal bleeding, such as bleeding after sex or between periods. But you do not always get symptoms.


Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by a very common and usually harmless virus called human papillomavirus.


Treatments for cervical cancer include surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Page last reviewed: 11/05/2018
Next review due: 11/05/2021