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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

cervical squamous cell carcinoma  listen  (SER-vih-kul SKWAY-mus sel KAR-sih-NOH-muh)

  A type of cervical cancer that begins in squamous cells of the cervix. Cervical squamous cells are found in tissue that lines the outer part of the cervix. They are thin, flat cells that look like fish scales under a microscope. Most cervical cancers are squamous cell carcinomas.