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Cervical Cancer

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Do you know what increases your risk for getting cervical cancer? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost all cervical cancers are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a common virus that can be passed from one person to another during sex. There are many types of HPV. Some types can result in changes to a woman’s cervix that can lead to cervical cancer, while other types can cause genital or skin warts. HPV is very common, so many women may not know they have the virus, as there are usually no symptoms. And many people actually get it at some point in their lives. For some, HPV goes away on its own, but if it doesn’t, there’s a risk that it could cause cancer over time. Other things that can increase your risk for cervical cancer: smoking; using birth control pills five or more years; having several sexual partners; having given birth to 3 or more children; and having HIV or another condition that makes it hard for your body to fight off health problems.


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