What causes cervical cancer?
Cervical cancer is caused by several types of a virus called human papillomaviruses (HPV). The virus spreads through sexual contact. Most women's bodies are able to fight HPV infection. But sometimes the virus leads to cancer.
Some factors might contribute to the development of cervical cancer. For example, you're at higher risk of cervical cancer if you smoke, have many children, use birth control pills for a long time, or have an HIV infection. A woman has a higher-than-average risk of developing cervical if she:
Other risk factors for the developing cancer of the cervix include:
Do you know how to recognize signs or symptoms of cervical cancer? Cervical cancer symptoms can go unnoticed because they mimic so many other ailments. Learn what to look for and how to identify possible symptoms of cervical cancer in our next section on Cervical Cancer Symptoms that follows.