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Learn about what Baptist Cancer Center offers you in terms of leading-edge cervical cancer treatments.

Cervical Cancer Explained

Cervical cancer is a type of gynecologic cancer characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells originating in the cervix, which connects the uterus to the birth canal, or vagina. Cervical cancer starts from cells that exhibit pre-cancerous changes.

According to the American Cancer Society, cervical cancer typically occurs in midlife. It is frequently diagnosed in women between the ages of 35 and 44, and it rarely develops in women younger than 20.

At Baptist Cancer Center, we are proud to deliver close-to-home services to our patients and provide leading-edge care for cervical, gynecological and other cancers we treat.

Cervical Cancer Treatment Options

If a biopsied tissue sample shows pre-cancer or cancer, doctors will take steps to prevent and treat its progression. Cervical cancer treatment depends on the stage of the disease and may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy.

Cervical Cancer Treatment at Baptist Cancer Center?

At Baptist Cancer Center, our gynecologic oncologists offer patients in the Memphis metro area and north Mississippi access to exceptional surgical expertise in women’s care. Baptist board-certified gynecologic oncologists are pioneers in research and practice with specialties in obstetrics, gynecology and critical care. BCC physicians and specialists are dedicated to fighting your cervical cancer diagnosis with you as a team and providing you with the most comprehensive care and cervical cancer treatment possible through radiation, chemotherapy or surgery.

Our team of experts includes the eighth-busiest surgeon in the U.S. using minimally-invasive surgery techniques, particularly the use of robotic technologies for gynecologic cancers in morbidly obese women. One of the first hospitals in the Mid-South to employ robotic surgery, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis led the way for robotic surgeries at Baptist Cancer Center.

Today, our dedication, experience and expertise in robotic surgeries help obese patients fight cancer and heal closer to home. By specializing in robotic surgery for gynecologic cancer care, Baptist Cancer Center gives hope to women with cervical cancer and morbid obesity.

The Different Types of Cervical Cancer

There are two main types of cervical cancer. The first type of cervical cancer is composed of the flat cells that cover the surface of the cervix. The second type of cervical cancer develops inside glandular cells.

Squamous cell carcinomas

Squamous cell carcinomas develop from cells in the exocervix. Squamous cell carcinomas most often begin where the exocervix (outer surface) joins the endocervix (inner canal). Up to 90% of cervical cancers are squamous cell carcinomas.

Cervical adenocarcinoma
Cervical adenocarcinoma develops from the mucus-producing gland cells of the endocervix and have become more common in the last 30 years.

Learn the Symptoms, Stages and Causes

Recognizing the signs of breast cancer allows for timely intervention, potentially increasing the chances of successful treatment and improving your quality of life.

What are cervical cancer causes and risk factors?

Many people ask, “How do you get cervical cancer?” While most people with human papillomaviruses (HPV) don’t develop cervical cancer, it can cause cervical cancer in some cases.

Other risk factors increase the odds of developing the disease, but many people with these risk factors do not develop cervical cancer. However, it is important for women with one or more risk factors to get regular screenings and Pap tests.

Cervical cancer risk factors include:

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Family history of cervical cancer
  • Being overweight
  • Diethylstilbestrol (DES)
  • Smoking
  • A weak immune system
  • Chlamydia
  • A diet low in fruits and vegetables
  • Long-term use of birth control pills (oral contraceptives)
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Having multiple full-term pregnancies
  • Being younger than 17 at your first full-term pregnancy
  • Low economic status

Common Signs and Symptoms

Commonly, women do not know they have cervical cancer or pre-cervical cancer until it has spread into nearby tissue. Cervical cancer symptoms and signs may include vaginal bleeding, unusual vaginal discharge, and pelvic pain during sex.

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