Why cervical cancer called cervical cancer, if the area of the cervix is the neck?

Daily Health Reviews   02/24/2011 5:32   Comments»  

Ashleigh question: Why is the cervical cancer called cervical cancer, if the area of the cervix is the neck area? I am an anatomy class, we learned that the medical term for the highest part the cervical spine is. Is not cancer cervical cancer of the uterus, although respond? Best:

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  1. Marg J  

    In anatomy, ‘cervical’ is an adjective that has two meanings:

    1 of or pertaining to any neck.
    2 of or pertaining to the female cervix: i.e., the neck of the uterus.

    Don’t skip any of your anatomy classes.

  2. renee  

    because cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix

    cancer of the cervical spine would be bone cancer…

    dont read too much into what things are called.. and why.. just accept it and move on

  3. dgesmund  

    Definition of cervical cancer: Cancer that forms in tissues of the cervix (the organ connecting the uterus and vagina). It is usually a slow-growing cancer that may not have symptoms but can be found with regular Pap tests (a procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix and looked at under a microscope).

    The cervix is the lower part of the uterus (womb). It is sometimes called the uterine cervix. The body (upper part) of the uterus, is where a fetus grows. The cervix connects the body of the uterus to the vagina (birth canal). The part of the cervix closest to the body of the uterus is called the endocervix. The part next to the vagina is the exocervix (or ectocervix)

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