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Cancer of the uterus

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The uterus (womb) is a muscular structure in the female reproductive system. It sits at the base of the abdomen between the bladder and the rectum.

Cancer of the uterus is the most common gynaecological cancer affecting women. There are several types of cancer of the uterus, depending in which part of the uterus the cancer occurs.

The majority of uterine cancers are of the lining of the uterus (endometrial cancers). Cancers can also develop in the muscle layers of the uterus (myometrium).

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Last reviewed: July 2016

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Uterine Cancer (Adenocarcinoma of the Endometrium) | myVMC

Uterine cancer or adenocarcinoma of the endometrium is the eighth leading cause of cancer death in women. It mainly affects post menopausal women.

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Uterine Cancers - Information, Treatment & Support - CanTeen

Uterine cancers are condition impacting women that start in the endometrium and muscle layers. Learn more about causes, diagnosis and treatments with CanTeen.

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The faces of cervical cancer

Welcome to The Faces of Cervical Cancer a space where you can read and share your stories of how cervical cancer has affected you or your loved ones.

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What is Cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer develops from the tissues of the cervix. It is also called cancer of the uterine cervix. It is the third most commonly diagnosed gynaecological cancer in Australian women.

Read more on Cancer Australia website

Cervical Cancers & HPV - Information, Treatment & Support - CanTeen

Cervical cancers affect the entrance to the uterus and include human papillomavirus virus. Learn more about causes, diagnosis and treatments with CanTeen.

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Cervical cancer should be almost entirely preventable Professor Ian Frazer AC, co-inventor of the HPV vaccine.

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What is Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix. These abnormal cells can develop into tumours and in worst case scenarios spread throughout the body. The cervix is part of the female reproductive systemRead more

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Programs Overseas

Cervical cancer is the leading cancer killer of women in developing countries. Every year, at least 280,000 women worldwide die from this serious disease and yet it is highly preventable. ACCF believes that no matter where a woman lives, every woman should have the chance to protect herself from cervical cancer. We are determined to help eliminate cervical cancer in Australia and in in our neighbouring countries such as Nepal, Bhutan, Kiribati, The Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Vietnam through the facilitation of vaccination programs for girls as well as screening and treatment programs for women.

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HPVs are extremely common with 80% of people having the virus in their life. There are over 100 different types of HPV, the majority of which are not nasty so currently HPV testing is rarely done. For women, regularPap tests remain the best way to detect abnormal cells on the cervix caused by HPV.

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Cervical screening (Pap smear) and prevention | Health and wellbeing | Queensland Government

Regular cervical screening via a Pap smear is the best way to prevent cervical cancer as it can detect changes to the cells of the cervix that can be treated before cancer develops. In Queensland, the Queensland Health Pap Smear Register will send you a reminder notice when you are overdue for a Pap smear as well as providing access to your Pap smear result history for your doctor or pathology laboratory.

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