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Cervical Cancer Risk Factors    

The causes of cervical cancer are not well known. However, certain factors are suspected in the development of the disease. Most common risk factors of cervical cancer include:   

   

·   HPV infection - persistent HPV infections mainly groups HPV16 and HPV18 are the major contributors of occurrence of cervical cancer;    

·   smoking    

·   many or frequent change of sexual partners   

·   exposure "in the uterus" to DES (diethylstilbestrol)   

·   early sexual intercourse, principally before age 18;   

·   alteration of the membrane lining the cervix due to hormonal change or cigarette smoke    

·   age - the risk of developing cancer of the cervix is rare before age 25 years, but the risk increases from 51 years   

·   sexually transmitted diseases (STDs ) - some STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV / AIDS can contribute to the development of cervical cancer;    

·   Weakened immune system - your immune system protects your body against infection and development of other pathologies. Having a weekend immune system facilitates the development of a variety diseases including cervical cancer.  

  

            

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