Battling cervical cancer is tough enough without the challenging side effects of treatment, but just a few management tips can make a difficult time a little easier.

A look at cervical cancer

Cervical cancer affects 0.6 percent of American women, more commonly after age 30, and comprises 0.8 percent of all new cases of cancer in the United States. This cancer begins in the cervix, the cylinder-shaped tissue that connects a woman's uterus and vagina. It is most often caused by a long-lasting infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) to which an estimated 75 percent of reproductive-aged Americans have been exposed. However, most women who get HPV don't develop cervical cancer.