Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that develops in a woman's cervix. It is one of a few cancers where screening can detect pre-cancerous lesions.
Dilatation and curettage
Dilatation (also known as dilation) and curettage is a process which scrapes tissue from the inside of the womb, used to diagnose and treat conditions and after a miscarriage.
A colposcopy is a minor procedure to examine the health of a woman’s cervix. It may include a biopsy to examine tissue.
Placenta praevia is a condition where the placenta is lying low and may cover the cervix. In some cases, a caesarean is necessary.
A vaginal hysterectomy is an operation to remove your uterus and cervix through your vagina. It is a major operation usually recommended after simpler treatments have failed. Your symptoms should improve.
Cervical cancer could be eradicated within 40 years
Australia could be the first country in the world to eliminate cervical cancer, thanks to the free HPV immunisation program and new Cervical Screening Test.
Cervical cancer – a personal story
Being diagnosed with cervical cancer can be both emotionally and practically challenging. Listening to others who have experienced similar situations is often reassuring and can be helpful. This video interview has been sourced from healthtalkonline.org, award-winning research into patient experiences in conjunction with the Health Experience Research Group at Oxford University, UK.
Living with cervical cancer
How cervical cancer affects your daily life will depend very much on what stage your disease is at, and what treatment you're having. Find out how to manage with cervical cancer.
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes almost all cases of cervical cancer and genital warts. Find out how HPV is diagnosed, treated and prevented.
Vaginismus occurs when the muscles around the vagina tighten involuntarily. Learn more about its common causes, symptoms and treatments.