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Cervical cancer

Cervical cancer is mostly caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV. An HPV vaccine may reduce the risk of cervical cancer. Symptoms include painful sex, vaginal bleeding, and discharge.

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Improved cervical cancer smear test announced

The NHS cervical screening programme in England is changing to testing for HPV first rather than looking for cell changes in the cervix

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Cervical cancer

What is cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that develops in a woman's cervix - the entrance to the womb from the vagina.

Around 3,000 cervical cancer cases are diagnosed in the UK every year.



Cervical cancer is usually caused by the HPV virus. Most cases of cervical cancer are picked up during routine NHS cervical screening through smear tests.

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