CERVICAL CANCER

CAUSES – Many cases of cervical cancer are associated with known risk factors for the disease. Some of the risk factors cannot be avoided, but many can.  Studies have found that infection with the virus called HPV is the cause of almost all cervical cancers.  An HPV infection that doesn’t go away can cause cervical cancer in some women.  Women who have had several sexual partners or have had a history of sexual transmitted diseases are at risk for cervical cancer.

TREATMENT – There are several treatment options for women with cervical cancer.  Some of the options include; surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or combination of these methods.

PREVENTION – Cervical cancer is preventable and curable if it is detected early. Cervical cancer rates are higher among older women.  By avoiding the risk factors and increasing the protective factors, your chance of developing cancer decreases. It is best to use some form of contraception to decrease the risk.

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