Cervical Cancer

Your Cervical Cancer Guide

Cervical cancer 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 one of the main causes of cervical cancer. Common symptoms of cervical cancer such as abnormal vaginal bleeding usually only occur in the advanced stages of the disease; however, 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.

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CANSA’s purpose is to lead the fight against cancer in South Africa. Its mission is to be the preferred non-profit organisation that enables research, educates the public and provides support to all people affected by cancer. Questions are answered by CANSA’s Head of Health Professor Michael Herbst. For more information, visit

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