Cervical Cancer

By: Kaitlyn Vertina

What is Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer is cancer in the cervix, which connect the Uterus and the birth canal. Cervical cancer most often, is found in women 35-54 years old.

Smoking

Smoking raises the risk of getting cervical cancer by 50%. Researchers found a cancer causing chemical, benzyrene, from cigarette smoke in the cervical mucus of women who smoke. Benzyrene is believed to damage the cervix, so just by not smoking you lower your risk of getting cervical cancer.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

HPV is one of the major causes of cervical cancer. There are over 100 different types of HPV and at least 40 are passed on through sexual contact. The types of HPV that cause warts are found not to cause cancer. About 15 types of HPV are high risks of cervical cancer. Two types of which cause 70% of cervical cancer. For most the HPV will cause no harm and go away, so other factors are needed to cause the cancer, like having a weak Immune system, or smoking. There is a HPV vaccine that will help prevent the risk of HPV.


Awareness

Many groups of people sell and wear these buttons to raise money in awareness of cervical cancer.