Cancer of the cervix occurs when cancer cells form in the area that connects the uterus and the vagina. In most cases, cervical cancer is caused by HPV, so vaccines are very effective.
In the United States, cervical cancer used to be one of the leading causes of cancer death for women; now it's much less common because of screening and prevention. Despite that, nearly 14,500 women in the U.S. have been diagnosed with cervical cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 4,200 people died from cervical cancer last year. Speak with a healthcare professional to learn more about screening, vaccines and prevention.