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Cervical Cancer: An Introduction

Posted Nov 22 2010 12:00am

Like other cancers, cervical cancer has stages. When cervical cancer is detected before it has spread from the cervix to other parts of the body, it has much higher chances of a cure. Here are some factors that would increase the risk of developing cervical changes leading to cervical cancer
1. A personal history of precancerous changes of the cervix or cervical cancer.

2. Being infected with certain types of the human papillomavirus (HPV) or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

3. Having a previous abnormal Pap test.

4. Starting sexual intercourse at an early age (younger than 18 years old).

5. Having three or more sex partners in a lifetime or a partner who has had multiple sex partners.

6. Having a weakened immune system.

7. Smoking.

8. Use of birth control pills (oral contraceptives) for more than 5 years.
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