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Cervical Cancer Causes
Any cancer starts when a healthy cell acquires a genetic mutation which is responsible for converting normal cells to abnormal cells. There is a specific cycle for healthy cells – that is growing, multiplying and dying at a set pace and set time, but cancerous cells grow and multiply out of control and do not die. These abnormal cells accumulate and form a mass of cells called tumor. This cancer tumor can spread to the near by tissues or can spread in other regions or organs of the body (metastasize).
Squamous cells are the flat cells that line the bottom of the cervix, most commonly a cervical cancer occurs in these thin squamous cells.
Causes of Cervical Cancer
HPV belongs to the family of virus that is responsible for causing genital warts; but the virus that cause genital warts may not put a woman at risk for developing cervical cancer. HPV virus spreads through sexual intercourse and may produce no symptoms at all because in most women the immune system will work towards getting rid of the infection. This way some women might not even be aware of the infection they had, but a small proportion of women the five listed HPV virus above can develop cervical cancer.
Other cervical cancer causes are some risk factors which put a woman at risk of developing this disease. Common risk factors include genetic makeup, environmental and lifestyle choices. Another cervical cancer cause includes having multiple sexual partners, commencing sex at an early age (usually before the age of 16), and long term use of some contraceptive pills, smoking and a weak immune system.
|Submitted on October 27, 2008|