Risk Factors for Cervical Cancer
A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of getting a disease such as cancer. Different cancers have different risk factors. For example, exposing skin to strong sunlight is a risk factor for skin cancer.
Smoking is a risk factor for many cancers. But having a risk factor, or even several, does not mean that you will get the disease.
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Several risk factors can increase your chance of developing cervical cancer. People without any of these risk factors rarely develop cervical cancer. Although these risk factors can increase the odds of developing cervical cancer, many with these risks do not develop this disease.
When you think about risk factors, it helps to focus on those you can change or avoid (like smoking or human papillomavirus infection), rather than those who cannot (such as your age and family history).
However, it is still important to know about risk factors that cannot be changed, because it's even more important for those who have these factors to get regular screening tests to find cervical cancer early.
However, some risk factors might increase the risk of developing cervical cancer. These include:
1. HPV: This is a sexually transmitted virus. More than 100 different types of HPV can occur, at least 13 of which may cause cervical cancer.
2. Having many sexual partners or becoming sexually active early: The transmission of cancer-causing HPV types nearly always occur as a result of sexual contact with an individual who has HPV. Women who have had many sexual partners generally have a higher risk of HPV infection. This increases their risk of developing cervical cancer.
3. Smoking: This increases the risk of cervical cancer, as well as other types.
4. A weakened immune system: The risk of cervical cancer is higher in those with HIV or AIDS, and people who have undergone a transplant, leading to the use of immunosuppressive medications.
5. Birth control pills: Long-term use of some common contraceptive pills slightly raises a woman’s risk.
6. Other sexually transmitted diseases (STD): Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis increase the risk of developing cervical cancer.
7. Socio-economic status: Rates appear to be higher in areas where income are low.
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Cervical cancer care at Lifefount hospital specialists offer compassionate, comprehensive care for those with cervical cancer.
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Our doctors have extensive experience diagnosing and treating people with cervical cancer, including rare types of cervical cancer.
Seeking care at Lifefount hospital gives you access to the most advanced cancer diagnosis and treatment techniques available. Contact us today if you notice you or your loved ones have any sign of cervical cancer.
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