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CERVICAL CANCER

0 28 September 2016

Cervical cancer is caused by an infection related to a common virus called human papillomavirus (HPV) this virus is caught during sexual activity including intimate skin contact. Condoms do not offer total protection. Cervical cancer of the cervix (the ‘neck’ of the womb) .And unlike some other cancers, it is not a condition dependent on family history, because it is caused by a viral infection. Cervical cancer can affect all sexually active women of all ages, not just older women. Up to 80% of women will be infected by HPV at some point in their life. Not all HPV infections cause cancer, and although most of them clear naturally, some can lead to cancer. You can help to prevent the cause of cervical cancer by getting vaccination or going for regular cervical screening. It is recommended that you should start screening when you reach 25 years of age, and continue to do this every 3 years. Young girls and women between 9 and 55 years of age can benefit from being vaccinated against the cause of cervical cancer.