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