Understanding Cervical Cancer: What You Need to Know

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  • What Is Cervical Cancer?
  • Types of Cervical Cancer
  • What Causes It?
  • How Common Is Cervical Cancer?
  • Black Women and Cervical Cancer
  • HPV Vaccine and the Racial Divide
  • Preventing Cervical Cancer
  • Remember: Cervical Cancer Shows No Signs
  • Condoms Don’t Always Prevent HPV
  • January Is National Cervical Health Month

What Causes It?

Having a high-risk strain of the common STD human papillomavirus (HPV) is the number on risk factor. However, other risk factors include smoking, having more than one sexual partner, being a secondhand smoker, having a compromised immune system, having a lot of children and being on birth control pills for a long period of time, WebMD says

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