What increases my risk of cervical cancer?

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The following increase your risk of developing cervical cancer:

  • HPV virus: Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by the HPV virus. This is a common virus passed on during sexual contact. Usually it clears up by itself.
  • Smoking: Smoking increases your risk of abnormal changes (CIN). Chemicals in cigarettes can affect how your cervix fights HPV infection.
  • Not having cervical screening: Having regular cervical screening tests can help to spot any changes to cervical cells before they turn cancerous. 

Having a risk factor doesn’t mean you will definitely get cancer. Sometimes people with no risk factors get the disease. If you’re worried, talk to your GP or talk to one of our cancer nurses. Call the Cancer Nurseline on 1800 200 700 or visit a Daffodil Centre.

Reducing your risk of cervical cancer

The most important things you can do to reduce your risk of cervical cancer are to:

  • Have a regular cervical screening. 
  • Take part in the HPV vaccination programme.
  • Stop smoking

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