Home > Medical > Cervical cancer Cervical cancer All sections in Cervical Cancer » About Cervical Cancer » Cervical Cancer Vaccine » FAQs » Cervical Cancer News » Real-life Story Don’t delay your pap smear Does the idea of a pap smear make you cringe? Don’t let cost or squeamishness put you off – cervical cancer kills... One dose of HPV vaccine may prevent cervical cancer SA to fund cervical cancer vaccines for girls HPV a cause of oropharyngeal cancer in US youth Cervical cancer kills more than breast cancer See All Cervical cancer News » Cervical cancer Overview What is the outcome of cancer of the cervix? How can cancer of the cervix be prevented? How is cervical cancer diagnosed? What are the symptoms and signs of cervical cancer? What is cervical cancer? What are the side-effects of treatment for cervical cancer? How is cervical cancer treated? What are the causes of cervical cancer? Who is at risk for getting cervical cancer? What is Cervical cancer? Cancer of the cervix is very common in South Africa, and affects approximately one in every 34 women. The human papillomavirus, which is a common sexually transmitted infection, is the main cause of cervical cancer. Abnormal vaginal bleeding is the most common symptom of cervical cancer, but usually only occurs in the advanced stages of the disease. Most cases are detected during gynaecological check-ups. A vaccine that guards against the human papillomavirus, which is responsible for most cervical cancers, has been developed and was recently made available to the public sector. Take Action Quiz Cancer: are you at risk? » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Am I eating to optimise my health? » Subscribe Newsletters » Medicines that changed history 10 famous breast cancer survivors advertisement About Cervical cancer 10 scary cervical cancer facts Preventing cervical cancer Cancer in South Africa - who gets what and why? See All About » Cervical cancer vaccine HPV vaccination: the way things are 7 facts about HPV 3 400 SA women could be saved A cancer we can beat See All Cervical cancer vaccine » Real-life story Dancing for a cure High price of cervical cancer See All Real-life story » All about cervical cancer Cancer comes early for HIV+ How cervical cancer develops Millions die from cervical cancer Kilos up cervical cancer risk See All All about cervical cancer » FAQs Can you lower your chances of getting HPV? Who should get the HPV vaccine? How do you get HPV? Is there a cure for HPV? See All FAQs » From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.