How Early Detection Can Help You Get Ahead Of Cervical Cancer

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The major cause of cervical cancer is getting infected by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV types 16 and 18 are generally believed to have caused 70 percent of cervical cancer cases.

"Other than HPV infection, the other risk factors include sexual intercourse and pregnancy at an early age, having multiple sexual partners, smoking, multiple pregnancies and early use of too many oral contraceptives. Exposure to sexually transmitted diseases like Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Chlamydia also increases the chances of cervical cancer" says Dr Pratap Das, senior consultant at Apollo Cancer Institute, Delhi.

A recent study showed that male circumcision reduces the chances of getting cervical cancer as it is said to reduce the transmission of HPV to women.

"There has not been any definitive evidence to support the claim that circumcision of the male partner reduces the risk of cervical cancer, although some researchers say there is compelling epidemiological evidence that those men who have been circumcised are less likely to be infected with HPV. However, in men with low-risk sexual behaviour and monogamous female partners, circumcision makes no difference to the risk of cervical cancer," adds Dr Ranjeet Bajpai, consultant radiation oncologist at Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai.

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