ICD-10 Diagnosis Code C53

Malignant neoplasm of cervix uteri

Diagnosis Code C53

ICD-10: C53
Short Description: Malignant neoplasm of cervix uteri
Long Description: Malignant neoplasm of cervix uteri
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code C53

Code Classification
  • Neoplasms
    • Malignant neoplasms of female genital organs (C51-C58)
      • Malignant neoplasm of cervix uteri (C53)

Information for Patients

Cervical Cancer

The cervix is the lower part of the uterus, the place where a baby grows during pregnancy. Cervical cancer is caused by a virus called HPV. The virus spreads through sexual contact. Most women's bodies are able to fight HPV infection. But sometimes the virus leads to cancer. You're at higher risk if you smoke, have had many children, use birth control pills for a long time, or have HIV infection.

Cervical cancer may not cause any symptoms at first. Later, you may have pelvic pain or bleeding from the vagina. It usually takes several years for normal cells in the cervix to turn into cancer cells. Your health care provider can find abnormal cells by doing a Pap test to examine cells from the cervix. You may also have an HPV test. If your results are abnormal, you may need a biopsy or other tests. By getting regular screenings, you can find and treat any problems before they turn into cancer.

Treatment may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination. The choice of treatment depends on the size of the tumor, whether the cancer has spread and whether you would like to become pregnant someday.

Vaccines can protect against several types of HPV, including some that can cause cancer.

NIH: National Cancer Institute

  • Cervical cancer
  • Cervical Cancer (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)
  • Cervical Cancer (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Cervical cancer -- screening and prevention
  • Cervical dysplasia
  • HPV Vaccine Gardasil®-9: What You Need to Know
  • Treatment Option Overview (Cervical Cancer) - NIH (National Cancer Institute)
  • Understanding Chemotherapy - NIH - Easy-to-Read (National Cancer Institute)
  • What to Know about Brachytherapy (A Type of Internal Radiation Therapy) - NIH - Easy-to-Read (National Cancer Institute)
  • What to Know about External Beam Radiation Therapy - NIH - Easy-to-Read (National Cancer Institute)

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