The Development of Cervical Cancer

Cancer can grow in your cervix the same way that it can grow in other parts of your body. Cervical cancer can be caused by 15 high-risk types of the Human Papilloma Virus or HPV. HPV can cause the cells of your cervix to become abnormal and slowly develop into a cancer. At first, these abnormal changes are mild and many just disappear on their own without treatment.

Sometimes, the abnormal cells do not disappear and they can then grow into cervical cancer if they are not found and removed. Abnormal cervical cells are very easy to remove and prevent cervical cancer developing. However, these abnormal cells have no obvious signs or symptoms and the only way they can be found is by cervical screening.