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What is Cervical Cancer?
The cervix makes up the lower portion of the uterus, and connects the main body of the uterus to the vagina. Cervical cancer begins in the cells of the cervix. The majority of cervical cancers are caused by a chronic infection of HPV (human papilloma virus). Typically it takes many years for a cancer to develop. Screening with pap smears and/or HPV testing helps to decrease the number of women diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer by detecting precancerous changes and being able to deliver prompt treatment before it becomes an advanced cancer. It is the third most common cancer of the female reproductive tract. Learn more.
Ending cervical cancer in Canada is possible.
Taking action to meet the World Health Organization’s call to eliminate cervical cancer.
On World Cancer Day 2020, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) is hosting a summit of leaders to deliver a shared vision to end cervical cancer in the country with the development of an Action Plan for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer in Canada. Learn more.