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Learn more about cervical cancer

Published On: May 19 2014 01:28:53 PM CDT
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By Mayo Clinic News Network

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix — the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. Various strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection, play a role in causing most cases of cervical cancer.

When exposed to HPV, a woman's immune system typically prevents the virus from doing harm. In a small group of women, however, the virus survives for years, contributing to the process that causes some cells on the surface of the cervix to become cancer cells.

You can reduce your risk of cervical cancer by undergoing screening tests and receiving a vaccine that protects against HPV infection.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cervical-cancer/basics/definition/con-20030522/

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