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Cervical Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, cervical cancer is a malignant tumor of the cervix, the lower part of the uterus (or womb) that connects the uterus to the top of the vagina. Eighty to ninety percent of cervical cancers arise from the flattened or “squamous” cells covering the cervix and are most often caused by the HPV virus. Most of the remaining cervical cancers arise from the glandular, mucus-secreting cells of the cervix.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Cervical Cancer
Developed by the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information for the lay public.

Cancer.gov: Cervical Cancer
Provides access to authoritative documents from the National Cancer Institute, including information about treatment, supportive care and clinical trials.

The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital: Cancer Care
Contains information about the many services available from the Lurie Cancer Center, one of thirteen founding members of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).

American Cancer Society: Cervical Cancer
Detailed information about cervical cancer as well as resources and support dealing with cancer.


  • Everything you need to know about cancer in language you can actually understand. Galsky M. 2010.
  • Contemporary Issues in Women’s Cancers. Lockwood S. 2009.
  • What Every Woman Should Know About Cervical Cancer. Markovic N, Markovic O. 2008.
  • Dx/Rx. Cervical cancer : an approach to preinvasive and invasive malignancies of the cervix. Dizon D, Robison K. 2008.
  • Cancer Sourcebook for Women: Basic Consumer Health Information About Leading Causes of Cancer in Women . . . Sutton, A. 2006.
  • Cervical Cancer: Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer. Longe J. Ed. 2006. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at http://www.nmh.org/nm/health library virtual library.
  • Cone Biopsy: Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers. Senagore A, ed. 2004. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at http://www.nmh.org/nm/health library virtual library.

Journal Articles

  • “New Pap test guidelines recommend less frequent screening for most women.” Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource. 14(5):3. May 2010.
  • “Neoadjuvant chemotherapy plus surgery versus surgery for cervical cancer.” Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. (1)CD007406. 2010.
  • “A Doctor Talks about HPV Vaccination.” Harvard Women’s Health Watch. 14(12):1–2. Robb-Nicolson C. August 2007.
  • “American Cancer Society Guideline for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Use to Prevent Cervical Cancer and its Precursors.” CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 57(1):7-28. Saslow D., et al. January-February 2007.


Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Health Learning Center has joined forces with the American Cancer Society’s Patient Navigator Program to provide assistance to patients and families dealing with cancer. To take advantage of this unique service, provided by a licensed clinical social worker, call 312-926-4282.

National Cervical Cancer Coalition
Includes health news, patient information, support resources and more for cervical cancer patients and survivors.

Women’s Cancer Network
Developed by the Gynecological Cancer Foundation, this site’s mission is “to keep women informed and to enable them to be their own health advocates.”

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Alberto Culver Health Learning Center at 312-926-5465, or e-mail us at HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateOctober 29, 2012