This type of cancer is one of the easiest to develop and yet it is one of the most preventable types as well.
World Cervical Cancer Awareness Day is celebrated on March 26 to create more awareness about the different methods for preventing this disease.
The human papilloma virus (HPV) causes more than 90% of all cases of cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine is of vital importance in order to best reduce the chances of getting a cancer diagnosis.
The younger a woman’s first sexual encounter occurs, the greater her risk is of having cancer. The number of several sexual partners as well as the number of children one has also increases the risk. One recommendation is to avoid having sexual intercourse at a young age and to protect oneself by using a condom with each sexual partner.
Women should visit their gynecologist and get an annual after their first sexual encounter (the recommendation for this visit is once a year). This type of cancer is a lot less common in the United States due to the fact that Pap smear testing is conducted regularly in this country.
Some other significant risk factors include having diabetes, high blood pressure, and being menopausal after age 52.
This is the third most common type of cancer among women throughout the world.