In the UK, fewer than 1,000 women die from cervical cancer every year. Cervical cancer is an uncommon type of cancer that develops in a woman’s cervix. Over the course of many years, the cells lining the surface of the cervix undergo a series of changes and in rare cases, these precancerous cells can become cancerous. However, cell changes in the cervix can be detected at a very early stage and treatment can reduce the risk of cervical cancer developing.