Around 250 women are diagnosed with cervical carcinoma (cervical cancer) in Switzerland every year. About half receive the diagnosis when they are under 50 years old.

The uterus (womb) consists of two parts, the corpus and the cervix. Cervical cancer develops in the lower part of the uterus, which is called the cervix. While uterine cancer forms in the lining of the womb, cervical cancer develops in the cells of the cervix.