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Cervical Cancer - Cause

Cervical cancer is caused by severe abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix. Most precancerous or cancerous cell changes occur in the cervix at the transformation zone, because these cells normally undergo constant change. During this natural process of change, some cervical cells can become abnormal if you are infected with high-risk types of HPV.

Other things may play a role in causing cervical cancer, such as having more than one sex partner or smoking cigarettes.

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General Information About Cervical Cancer

Incidence and Mortality Estimated new cases and deaths from cervical (uterine cervix) cancer in the United States in 2013:[1] New cases: 12,340. Deaths: 4,030. Prognostic Factors The prognosis for patients with cervical cancer is markedly affected by the extent of disease at the time of diagnosis. A vast majority (>90%) of these cases can and should be detected early through the use of the Pap test and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing; however,[2] the current death rate...

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Last Updated: October 22, 2012
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