According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each month . More shocking is that 4,000 of them die every year. Cervical cancer does not seem to discriminate. Once a woman has become sexually active, she is at risk for this serious disease. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the leading cause of malignant cervical cancer. It is a common STI (sexually transmitted infection) that often shows no symptoms, which facilitates the spread. That being said, with testing, cervical cancer is easily detectable, treatable, and even preventable.
In its earliest and most treatable stages, cervical cancer can be present without showing any signs at all. This is one of the biggest reasons regular check-ups and Pap smears are so necessary for women. In most cases, HPV clears up on its own and will not cause persistent health problems. However, it can cause genital warts and cervical cancer in some instances. Factors such as multiple partners, smoking, and a compromised immune system increase one's risk and make regular checks more critical. As cervical cancer progresses, symptoms are likely to show up.
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