Henrietta Lacks went to Johns Hopkins Hospital on January 29, 1951. There, she was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer. She was treated with Radium Tube Inserts as in inpatient and discharged a few days later and told to return a few days later for an X-ray. During her treatment, two samples (one of healthy tissue and one of cancerous tissue) were taken from her cervix without her knowledge and permission. In October of 1951, Henrietta died at the age of 31 at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Carcinoma of the Cervix, often called Cervical cancer, is a tumor that forms in the lower part of the uterus. Normal cervix cells gradually develop into pre-cancer cells that change into cancer cells. Carcinoma of the cervix starts in the lining of the uterus and grows from there. it cannot grow unless it is attached to the lower uterus. The tumor is usually a pink color but in Henrietta's case, it was "like purple jell-o". It usually takes a few years for the tumor to grow, but Henrietta's tumor was not noticeable when she had her last child; however it was significantly noticeable a few months later when she went to Johns Hopkins, which means her cells were growing at an alarming rate.