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A 33-year-old member asked:

i am new to birth control, but possible diagnose of cervical cancer. how high am i at risk?

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Dr. Steven Vasilev
Gynecologic Oncology 37 years experience
Minimal risk: If you mean risk for cervical cancer because of birth control, it is not increased. Studies have shown some association but it is likely related to sexual practices. In other words, if you have multiple sexual partners then there is higher risk of getting the HPV virus which is at least partly related to cervical cancer. But the hormones in the pills will not increase your risk per se.

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A 36-year-old female asked:

Im going on low dose birth control. Will that greatly increase my risk for cervical cancer? I have read conflicting info on that topic. Im 36. Thanks

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Dr. Philip Miller
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NO: minimal/negligible risk with low dose BC pills.
Oak Ridge, TN
A 36-year-old female asked about a 37-year-old member:

I read birth control increases risk of cervical cancer. Is it behavior patterns or is it the pill itself that increases risk of cervical cancer? Ty.

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Cervical cancer: Birth control or behavior are not cervical cancer risks. Such theories were common 20+ years ago, but since that time it has been known that cervical cancer is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is sexually transmitted, so behavior has some influence (more sex, higher risk -- but only slightly) but HPV is the cause. HPV vaccine prevents 90% of cervical cancer; discuss with your doctor.

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