Cervical Cancer Caused by Multiple Sexual Partners

I've heard that having multiple partners increases your risk of cervical cancer. Is this true?

Sexual activity and high numbers of partners are strong predictors of which women will get cervical cancer. This pattern suggests that something is being transmitted sexually to trigger the cancer.

Certain sub-types of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) are often found in women's cervical cells when they have cancer or pre-cancerous changes. HPV is sexually transmitted virus. Careful study of these viruses has shown them to have cancer causing genes. While HPV is likely a factor in the development, it does not mean that HPV is the sole cause of cervical cancer.

Low levels of Vitamin A and Folate are associated with cervical cancer. Smokers have more cervical cancer and toxins have also been found in cervical cancer cells. This suggests that enviromental toxins can play a role. Any kind of impairment of the immune system--such as AIDS--is associated with more cervical cancer. This indicates that the woman's own body defenses.

Women may lessen their chances of being exposed to HPV by using condoms. Regardless of a woman's sex life, her best defense against cervical cancer is regular Pap tests. Cervical cancer takes an average of 10 years to develop. In its early stages, it can be cured 100% of the time, often with simple office procedures.

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