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How could a woman get cervical cancer?

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In brief: HPV infection...

Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by infection with the dna virus called human papillomavirus (hpv).
This virus is most commonly spread by sexual contact, and certain viral strains can incorporate into human dna and cause human cells to proliferate outside of normal cell growth control causing dysplasia (precancer) and then possibly cancer. The pap test is a screening test to detect this.

In brief: HPV infection...

Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by infection with the dna virus called human papillomavirus (hpv).
This virus is most commonly spread by sexual contact, and certain viral strains can incorporate into human dna and cause human cells to proliferate outside of normal cell growth control causing dysplasia (precancer) and then possibly cancer. The pap test is a screening test to detect this.
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