What is cervical cancer?
Cervical cancer begins in the cervix (the neck of the womb), which is a strong muscle that forms the passage between the womb and the vagina.
Nearly 1,350 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in Canada in 2012, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.
The rate of deaths from the disease has declined by at least 2% per year since 1998, reports the Canadian Cancer Society.
The different types of cervical cancer?
There are two main types of cervical cancer: squamous cell cervical cancer, which accounts for the majority of cases, and adenocarcinoma. Both types are treated much the same way.
It is also possible for other types of cancer to develop in the cervix – like lymphoma – but this is very rare.