Understanding Cancer Of The Cervix

Understanding Cancer Of The Cervix


When abnormal cells in the cervix grow out of control, it leads to cervical cancer. The lower part of the uterus, which opens directly to the vagina, is called the cervix. If this problem is discovered early, it can easily be cured, and this discovery at this early stage can only be possible if the patient is one that undergoes regular tests of her body systems. The discovery of cervical cancer is by carrying out a test called Pap test.


There is no singular factor that we can say that it is the principal cause or the main factor that is responsible for the cancer of the cervix. However, there are some factors that appear to increase the risk of developing this cancer of the cervix. The main factor that we can point to that increases the risk of the cancer of the cervix is what we refer to as human papilloma virus. (HPV) This is a combination of more than 100 types of viruses, and some of these viruses can easily be transferred from person to person through sexual intercourse. These types of HPV infections are very common, and because the immune system gets rid of them, they goes without treatment. However, there are some stubborn HPV that does not die easily. These have the ability to cause changes in the cells in cervix, and this is what eventually leads to cervical cancer.

It is highly recommended that one should go for a regular pap test. This will help one to find out the changes in her cervical cells before they can even turn to cancer, but when they are discovered in time and treated, you may have succeeded in preventing cervical cancer. Beside this, there are other factors that are likely to increase the risk of one developing cervical cancer, and these factors are as follows.

1) Becoming sexually active at a very young age.

2) Having many sexual partners, or even a single sexual partner who has had many sexual partners.

3) Smoking.

4) Having a weakened immune system. This can be as a result of taking drugs, after an organ transplant, or having a disease like AIDS.

5) Using birth control pills for a long time.

6) Giving birth to many children.

7) Having taken diethylstilbestrol (DES) or one being the daughter of a mother who took DES. This is a form of estrogen that was used between 1940 and 1971 to treat women with certain problems during pregnancy, such as miscarriages. However, some women develop cervical cancer without any of these symptoms or risk factors. Proper care of the body is very important because a popular saying is that health is wealth. When you are healthy, you are wealthy already.

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