January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Early Detection Increases Survival
The American Cancer Society's most recent estimates for cervical cancer in the United States are for 2014:
- About 12,360 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed.
- About 4,020 women will die from cervical cancer.
Some researchers estimate that non-invasive cervical cancer (carcinoma in situ) is about 4 times more common than invasive cervical cancer.
Most cervical cancers begin in the cells lining the cervix. These cells do not suddenly change into cancer. Instead, the normal cells of the cervix first gradually develop pre-cancerous changes that turn into cancer. Doctors use several terms to describe these pre-cancerous changes, including cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN), squamous intraepithelial lesion (SIL), and dysplasia. These changes can be detected by the Pap test and treated to prevent the development of cancer.
Source: American Cancer Society: What is cervical cancer?