Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that happens in the cells of the cervix - the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina.
Cervical Cancer Risk Factors
All women are at risk for cervical cancer. Cervical cancer happens the most in women over the age of 30. The main cause of cervical cancer is long-lasting infection with certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a common sexually transmitted virus. Most people will get it at some time in their lives. There are typically no symptoms with HPV so many people will never know they have it. Some things that increase your risk of cervical cancer:
- Having HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) or some other condition that makes it hard for your body to fight infection
- Using birth control pills for a long time (five or more years)
- Giving birth to three or more children
- Having several sexual partners
How Can I Reduce My Risk?
Get screened for cervical cancer and get the HPV vaccine.
These things can also help lower your risk for cervical cancer:
- Don't smoke
- If you are sexually active, use protection (i.e. condoms)
- Limit your number of sexual partners
We can help you get screened for cervical cancer.
Honor Every Woman program increases breast and cervical cancer screening services for uninsured and underinsured women and implements strategies to reduce structural barriers within health systems. The program implements a comprehensive and coordinated approach to policy, systems, and environmental change strategies to prevent and control cancer.