What are the types of cervical cancer?

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  • Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common type of cervical cancer. It develops in the thin flat cells called squamous cells, which are found on the surface of your cervix and vagina. 
  • Cervical adenocarcinomas are less common. They develop in the gland cells that make mucus in the cervical canal. 
  • Adenosquamous carcinomas, mixed carcinomas, clear-cell and small-cell carcinomas are rarer forms of cervical cancer. 

Recurrent cervical cancer

If the cancer returns after treatment it is called recurrent cervical cancer. Local recurrence is when the cervical cancer returns in the pelvis. When it returns to distant organs, it is called distant recurrence. 

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