Cervical cancer removed during pregnancy

The University of the Ryukyus announced Monday a success in removing a cervical cancer from a pregnant woman. The woman in her 30s underwent the surgery last August, and gave birth in January without any problems.

After the fist such operation in the Osaka University Hospital, this was the second time that this procedure has been done successfully in Japan.

The occurrence of cervical cancer has increased in women in their 20s ~ 30s, which also overlaps the most common age range for pregnancy. According to Prof. Yuichi Aoki, “Women who are pregnant, and are discovered to have this type of cancer can now have a wider range of treatments to choose from.”