Invasive cancer of the cervix. Illustration of a coronal section through the uterus (womb), showing malignant (cancerous) tissue (white) on the cervix (neck of the womb). The cancer (an adenocarcinoma) has spread (metastasised) to the wall of the uterus. Symptoms of this cancer include bleeding between periods, pain after sexual intercourse and heavier periods. Cancer of the cervix is rare and if detected early is almost always cured. If it has progressed to the stage where it has spread, it can be fatal. Treatment is surgical removal of the cancer, and sometimes the entire uterus, combined with radiotherapy and chemotherapy.