What is cervical cancer?
The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that connects the uterus to the vagina. Most cervical cancers begin in the cells lining the cervix, but the changes that lead to cancer usually occur very slowly and can be identified via a Pap smear (also known as a Pap test), a screening test recommended for all women beginning at age 21. In the U.S., some 12,000 women develop cervical cancer every year. Most of them have not had regular Pap tests.