What is cervical cancer?
This week see's the start of the UK government's campaign to fight cervical cancer by offering free inocculation against the virus that causes it to all female children between 11 and 18 years old starting with the youngest. This could see deaths from cervical cancer drop dramatically.
There are some moralists who are against providing the vaccination to girls claiming that it will increase promiscuity when they realise that it protects against HPV but the overwhelming feeling in the UK for this public health move is positive.
Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women under 35 in the UK after breast cancer.
Around 2,800 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, with more than 1,000 women dying of the disease annually.
The cancer develops in the cells lining the cervix, which is the canal which connects the uterus to the vagina.
There are two main types of cervical cancer - squamous cell cancer and adenocarcinoma - named after the type of cell that becomes cancerous.
The primary cause of cervical cancer is the virus Humanpapillomavirus (HPV), which is a common infection transmitted through sexual intercourse.