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Experts don’t know the real cause of cancer in the cervix. However, there are some factors that can be risky for getting cervical cancer for instance your sexual habits, medical history and your general lifestyle.

What Are the Most Major Risk Factors for Cervical Cancer

There are mainly two risk factors that can point towards cervical cancer. The first one is human papilloma virus also known in short as HPV. The second risky factor is your sexual history. The human papilloma virus can affect the genital tract, the external genitals and the area around the anus. Do not get confused though, the human papilloma virus is not connected to the HIV virus which as you know is the virus which can lead to AIDS. There are many forms of the human papilloma virus, about forty six forms, however they are not all hazardous. The ones that are risky are the ones that cause cell dysplasia which is abnormal cell growth and can then lead to the cervical cancer. The forms of the human papilloma virus that cause you to have small, flat bumps that are barely there are not the forms that cause the cervical cancer.

Hybrid Capture Test

The FDA approved a test in the year 1999. The test has the capability to find fourteen different forms of the human papilloma virus. It does this by using chemoluminescence which is the transfer of chemical energy into light, these techniques are used to precisely decide on the attendance or nonattendance of the human papilloma virus and whether they are of a small risk or average or elevated risk for cervical cancer.

Sexual History Connection to Cervical Cancer

It is an unfortunate fact that woman who have had a tendency to have multiple sexual partners are at a higher risk to having cancer of the cervix. As well as that, if a woman has had sex prior to the age of eighteen she also is at risk. If a woman has had sex with a man who has previously had sex with a woman who had cervical cancer then unfortunately it can be transferred in this manner as well.

Other Risk Factors for Cervical Cancer

Unluckily, poverty can be a risk for woman if they do not have the access to the medical system to be able to have the usual screening tests that help catch the abnormal cells before they progress into cancer. Smokers are at a higher risk as well.

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