Is cervical cancer the same as uterine sarcoma?

The cervix is part of the uterus; however, uterine sarcoma and cervical cancer are not the same thing. They involve two different types of cancer - sarcoma versus carcinoma. Uterine sarcoma can spread into the cervix, in which case it is still considered sarcoma.

Linus Chuang, MD
Gynecologic Oncology

No cervical cancer is the cancer of the lower part of the uterus. The cervix is visible on gynecologic examination and the cancer can be screened with pap smear. Uterine sarcoma is a serious cancer of the uterus that is located above the cervix. It is a rare cancer but potential carries poor outcome for patients. Pap smear is not used and does not often detect uterine sarcoma.

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