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Cervical Cancer Risk Factors

  • Women infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are at a greater risk of developing cervical cancer. A weakened immune system may also cause cervical cancer to develop at a more rapid pace.
  • Women who have multiple pregnancies are at a higher risk of developing cervical cancer.
  • Having many sex partners or having sex with someone who has had many sexual partners may increase your risk of developing HPV, thus possibly developing cervical cancer.
  • Women who smoke are more likely to get cervical cancer than women who don’t smoke. The by–products of tobacco have been found in the cervical mucus of women who smoke. These substances damage the DNA of the cervix cells and may equally lead to the development of cervical cancer.
  • The usage of birth control pills for a long time increases the risk of cervical cancer in women. The longer these pills are used, the risk goes up, and goes down after it is stopped.
  • Having a family history of cervical cancer may increase the risk for cervical cancer. It is estimated that if an immediate family member, like a mother or sister, has had cervical cancer, the risk is increased two to three times.
  • Human Papillomavirus is an extremely common virus that is transmitted through sexual contact. Doctors believe that before a woman can develop cervical cancer, she must have been infected by HPV.
  • The elderly people are also often considered at risk due to reduce immune systems.
  • Chlamydia infection is a very common bacterium that can infect the reproductive system. The spread is mainly through sexual contact. Women whose blood tests show past or present Chlamydia infection are at a higher risk of cervical cancer.
  • Diets low in fruits and vegetables can increase the risk of cervical cancer. Also, overweight can equally lead to cervical cancer.


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