C is for Care: Understanding Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer forms in the cervix, which is the narrow, lower end of the uterus. It is a slow-growing cancer, and in the early stages of the disease usually has no noticeable symptoms. Most cervical cancers are discovered by a Pap test. The cause, in most cases, is an HPV infection.

View the inspiring story below of a woman’s journey through and beyond cervical cancer. and learn more about cervical cancer and how we’re continuing to support women and their loved ones in the fight against it.


Learn more about how to protect yourself from HPV by reading the Q&A with Dr. Michael Callahan, St.Vincent Gynecologic Oncology, from the February 2013 Issue of After 40 Magazine.
Click here to read the Q&A. 

Jennifer Humphrey – A Woman of Hope
Already a mother of a young son, Jennifer Humphrey hoped to become pregnant with a second child when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. See Jennifer’s story.

Facts and Figures about Cervical Cancer

Pap test guidelines – How often should you be screened?

Learn more about the HPV vaccine and who and how it protects against cervical cancer.

At St.Vincent Cancer Care, women receive the highest quality holistic care. Through early screening and diagnostic services, , state-of-the-art treatment, and support throughout the cancer journey, we are dedicated to the fight against cervical cancer. Our support groups and other services provide emotional and psychological benefits that may ease many aspects of daily life once diagnosed.

For a list of our physicians, services and locations, please visit the St.Vincent Cancer Care website at stvincent.org/cancercare.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cervical cancer and need to be seen by a gynecologic oncologist, please contact St.Vincent Gynecologic Oncology, (317) 415-6740. The practice website is at stvincent.org/gynonc.

Here are other useful websites:

Gynecologic Cancers

American Cancer Society’s section on cervical cancer

National Cancer Institute’s cervical cancer page 

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