Cervical Cancer usually begins when abnormal cells grow in the cervix, which is located at the bottom of the uterus and above the vagina. Today, the human papillomavirus (HPV) accounts for more than 90% of cervical cancers and approximately 13,960 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually. Screening begins at 21 and continues until 65 years old. When screenings are performed regularly and cervical cancer is found early, the chance of survival significantly increases.
In 2021, the WHO announced that Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is the first-of-its-kind collaborating centre for cervical cancer elimination. Learn more.
What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?
People usually do not have symptoms with early stages of cervical cancer but screening may detect irregular cells that could be cancerous during routine screening and before symptoms appear.
- Vaginal bleeding after sex
- Vaginal bleeding after menopause
- Vaginal bleeding between periods or periods that are heavier or longer than normal
- Vaginal discharge that is watery and has a strong odor or that contains blood
- Pelvic pain or pain during sex
- Difficult or painful bowel movements or bleeding from when having a bowel movement
- Difficult or painful urination or blood in the urine
- Swelling of the legs
- Unusual pain in the abdomen
- Constantly feeling tired
See your doctor if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms.
Sylvester Cervical Cancer Screening Program
At Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, we offer advanced expertise and sophisticated testing to find colorectal cancer at the earliest stages. We’re one of only two National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in the state of Florida and one of just 72 across the country. It’s comforting to know you’re working with a highly experienced team.
These are just a few reasons why patients depend on our expertise:
World-renowned cancer experts. If cancer is found, you work with cervical cancer specialists who provide an accurate diagnosis and the most targeted treatments – including highly skilled minimally invasive surgeons. We offer leading-edge approaches you won't find anywhere else nearby.
Advanced diagnostic capabilities. We use sophisticated imaging equipment to find cancer at the earliest stages. We’re able to distinguish between normal and abnormal findings that are often misdiagnosed.
Experienced endoscopic surgeons. Our surgeons have advanced experience in endoscopic procedures performed through the rectum, providing a less invasive approach to traditional surgery. These approaches offer less pain and scarring, a shorter hospital stay, and a faster recovery.