ICD-10-CM Code C53

Malignant neoplasm of cervix uteri

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

C53 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of malignant neoplasm of cervix uteri. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:C53
Short Description:Malignant neoplasm of cervix uteri
Long Description:Malignant neoplasm of cervix uteri

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • C53.0 - Malignant neoplasm of endocervix
  • C53.1 - Malignant neoplasm of exocervix
  • C53.8 - Malignant neoplasm of overlapping sites of cervix uteri
  • C53.9 - ... unspecified

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code C53:

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • carcinoma in situ of cervix uteri D06

Code Classification

  • Neoplasms (C00–D48)
    • Malignant neoplasms of female genital organs (C51-C58)
      • Malignant neoplasm of cervix uteri (C53)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

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 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Cervical cancer (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Cervical cancer -- screening and prevention (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Cervical dysplasia (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Treatment Option Overview (Cervical Cancer) - NIH (National Cancer Institute)

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