Cervical Cancer Awareness Month Begins This Week

by: cancercompass

January 1st marks the beginning of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

The American Cancer Society estimates about 12,200 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will develop in 2010. Invasive cervical cancer is when cancer cells spread beyond the cervix. Non-invasive cervical cancer is cancer only within the cervix. Some researchers believe the non-invasive type of the disease is four times as common as the other.

According to The Baltimore Sun, the "Pap" test - which was introduced about 50 years ago - has decreased cervical cancer deaths by 75 percent. Furthermore, recent studies have found that over 90 percent of women who develop the disease have the human papilloma virus or HPV. Scientists believe that HPV may cause the growth of abnormal cells in the cervix and may play a role in cervical cancer development.

To learn more about the cancer featured in this post, please visit our cervical cancer information page.