Cervical cancer occurs most often in younger women.
Cervical cancer is the fourth-most-frequent cancer in women. It is diagnosed most often in women between the ages of 35 and 44. Many older women do not realize that they are still at risk for cervical cancer. The most frequent cause of cervical cancer is a virus — the human papillomavirus — also known as HPV.
What is cervical cancer?
The cervix is the lower, narrow end of the uterus (the hollow, pear-shaped organ where a fetus grows). The cervix leads from the uterus to the vagina (birth canal). Cervical cancer usually develops slowly over time. Before cancer appears in the cervix, the cells of the cervix go through changes known as dysplasia, in which cells that are not normal begin to appear in the cervical tissue. Later, cancer cells start to grow and spread more deeply into the cervix and to surrounding areas.
Delaware Cancer Services and Programs
Access the care you need, when you need it.
Whether you have insurance or not, services are available to help you get screened for cancer and, if a diagnosis is made, get treated for cancer and not just survive, but live a thriving, healthy life after cancer.
LGBTQIA+ Cancer Screenings
Members of the LGBTQIA+ community are at higher risk of cancer, but screenings can detect cancer early, when it’s most treatable. Know your risk and when to get screened.
Nurse navigators are on staff statewide in Delaware to schedule your cancer screenings and to provide follow-up help. Learn more about nurse navigator services now.
Screening for Life
If you don’t have insurance or if your insurance doesn’t cover cancer screenings, this program could make screenings available to you.
Cancer Care Coordinators
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, these specially trained health professionals can help you find the services you need, when you need them. Their services are free of charge to all Delawareans.
Delaware Cancer Treatment Program
Free cancer treatment is available for up to two years to all Delaware residents who can’t afford to pay for it. Learn more now about the program.
There are two ways to get help to quit smoking from specially trained counselors: Call the Delaware Quitline by phone at 1-866-409-1858 or visit QuitSupport.com.Learn more
Live better. Our Healthy Lifestyle Map will show you where you can find fresh local produce at farmers’ markets and how to stay active at local fitness centers and parks.View Healthy Lifestyle Map
Activity Lowers Your Risk for Certain Cancers
Access the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Physical Activity and Cancer chart to see how regular physical activity can lower your risk for eight cancers.Learn more