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Health Tip: Are You at Greater Risk For Cervical Cancer?

Here are common risk factors

(HealthDay News) -- The most common cause of cervical cancer is infection with the human papillomavirus. Before cancer develops in the cervix, cervical cells begin to develop abnormally -- a process known as dysplasia. These abnormal cells can be detected by a test called a Pap smear.

The U.S. National Cancer Institute lists these risk factors for developing cervical cancer:

  • Not having regular Pap smears.
  • Abnormal Pap results.
  • Having sex at a young age.
  • Having many sexual partners.
  • Giving birth to many children.
  • Smoking.
  • Taking oral contraceptives.
  • Having a weakened immune system.
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