What are the causes of cervical cancer in women?

HPV. The number one cause of cervical cancer is infection with the human papilloma virus (hpv). Other risk factors include socioeconomic status, family history, age, smoking, sexual history, etc. Luckily, your body will clear the hpv within 2 years normally and for most women, the progression to cancer is not a problem. Please get your pap smears on time. This is a life saver and a wonderful test.
See below. 80% of the cervical cancers are associated with hpv infection and about 80% of these can be prevented with anti-hpv vaccine. Other causes are smoking, early age of intercourse, multiple partners and perhaps stds. See this site for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001895/.

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Likely causes of cervical cancer in women?

HPV. Almost all causes of cervical cancer are attributed to abnormal changes of the uterine cervix from previous exposure to certain strains of HPV (human papillomavirus) obtained through prior sexual contact. It's believed to take many years to develop after initial exposure and so regular gyn check-ups and pap smears are recommended. Recently, a vaccine for younger women (under 26) is recommended. Read more...

What are the causes of cervical cancer?

There are multiple. Risk factors for cervical cancer include: early onset of sexual activity, multiple sexual partners, a high-risk sexual partner, history of sexaully transmitted infection, history of vulvar or vaginal squamous intraepithelial neoplasia, immunosuppression. In terms of causes the main one is the human papillomavirus (hpv). Subtypes 16 and 18 are the most common subtypes. Read more...
Cervical CA Cause. Most cervical cancer is caused by a virus called human papillomavirus, or hpv. You can get hpv by having sexual contact with someone who has it. There are many types of the hpv virus. Not all types of hpv cause cervical cancer. Some of them cause genital warts, but other types may not cause any symptoms. You can have hpv for years and not know it. It stays in your body and can lead to cervical ca. Read more...

What are the causes of cervical cancer and what to do to prevent it?

HPV infections. Human papilloma viruses are being increasingly implicated with cervical cancers. Prevention is by prepubertal vaccination with Gardasil and cervarix. Limiting number of partners/ promiscuity and barrier methods will help prevent the disease. Pap smears have led to very early diagnosis and improved the odds of curable disease being found. Read more...

What are the causes of cervical cancer? Can it be possible to those who had sex earlier their lives?

Screening is needed. Environmental exposures are the most important risk factors in cervical cancer. The risk include-early onset sexual activity , multiple sexual partner-especially with high risk partner- known to have hpv, history of std, immunocompromised etc. Now, the more risk factors the higher your risk is to have cervical cancer. Pap-smear is the key. Read more...
HPV. Almost all cervical cancer is caused by a few specific types of hpv (human papilloma virus). Infection with the cancer-causing types of hpv can be prevented by vaccination with either Cervarix or Gardasil and can be detected with a screening exam called a pap smear. Only a small number of women who get the virus will get cancer and a number of other factors, liking smoking, increase that risk. Read more...

Apart from having sex, are there other causes of cervical cancer?

Yes. First of all, having sex does not cause cervical cancer. The virus that can go on to lead cervical cancer can be passed by sex as well as any other type of skin to skin contact. Other things that increase risk of cervical cancer are: smoking, herpes infection, HIV infection and not getting pap smears as recommended by your gyn. Read more...

Does smoking increase the chance of getting cervical cancer in women with endemetriosis?

Probably not. Although, smoking increase the risk of many types of cancer, cervical cancer has been shown to be caused almost exclusively by hpv (human papilloma virus) that smoking has nothing to do with. Endometriosis is a disorder of uterine endometrium and that has nothing to do with the cervix either. Read more...