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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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HPV and Cervical Cancer

Nearly two decades ago, experts discovered a relationship between infection with HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. Since then, these experts have learned much more about how HPV can lead to cervical cancer. Here, what every woman and girl should know about this link.

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Last Updated: October 22, 2012
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