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Stages, types and grades

The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is and whether it has spread. The type means the type of cell the cancer started from. The grade means how abnormal the cells look under the microscope.

Your doctor uses all of this information to help them decide on which treatment you need.

Types and grades

There are different types of cervical cancer. The most common type is squamous cell cancer. Cancer cells are divided into 3 grades.

Stage 1

Stage 1 means that the cancer is only in the neck of the womb (cervix). Read about stage 1 cervical cancer and how it is treated.

Stage 2

Stage 2 means the cancer has spread outside the cervix, into the surrounding tissues. Find out about stage 2 cervical cancer and how it is treated.

Stage 3

Stage 3 means the cancer has spread from the cervix into the structures around it. Find out how doctors treat this stage of cervical cancer.

Stage 4

Stage 4 means the cancer has spread to the bladder or back passage (rectum) or further away. Find out about treatments.

Small cell cancer of the cervix

Small cell cancer of the cervix is a rare type of cervical cancer. Find out more about what it is and how it's treated.

Last reviewed: 
02 Aug 2017

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