The cervix is the lower part of the uterus, one that is in contact with the vagina. At each milestone in the life of the woman (puberty, childbirth, menopause, etc..), The cervix undergoes changes. At the junction between the outer cervix (ectocervix) and the inner part (endocervix), is a very fragile area.
What can cause cancer of the cervix?
Unlike many other cancers, cancer of the cervix is caused by a virus, called Human Papillomavirus (HPV). There are many types of Human Papillomavirus. Most are harmless and are responsible for minor illnesses. But some can cause abnormal cells in the cervix. If these abnormal cells are not detected early, they can evolve into cancer. In most cases, the cancer process takes about ten years. However, sometimes the cancer develops in a reduced time frame.
Now that you know the origin of cancer cervix, do know the people around you who might be affected.
You’ve never heard of Human Papillomavirus? You’re not alone. Although these viruses are common, many people know nothing or very little about them. Human Papillomavirus affect both men women. Mostly these viruses cause no symptoms and disappear in only a few months. But in some women, infection with these viruses can persist. There is a risk of developing lesions may develop into cancer of the cervix.
What are the different types of Human Papillomavirus?
There are over 200 types of papillomavirus infecting the skin and muscles. Most of them result in benign lesions, such as those at the origin of skin warts growing on his hands and pieds8. In most cases, the immune system enough to eliminate these viruses.
Approximately 40 types of Human Papillomavirus concern particularly the area of the genitals.Among them, some types cause genital ailments at the cervix but also of the vulva and vagina.
Types of Human Papillomavirus can be classified into 2 groups:
- Types called “high risk” can cause the development of abnormal cells on the cervix, which may evolve cancer.
- Types called “low risk” can cause genital warts, and mild abnormalities in the cervix, but without risk of progression to cancer27.
Human Papillomavirus are very common: 70% of the sexually active population will be in contact with a Human Papillomavirus during his vie11, 12, 13. It affects both men and women is transmitted through intimate genital contact. Anyone having had sexual intercourse or genital contact with an intimate partner bearer of Human Papillomavirus can be infected.
Regarding the age of contamination, it has been shown that most people contract a human papillomavirus during their adolescence or early in their sexual life (between 15 and 24) 10.
Condoms, though very effective protection against sexually transmitted infections, does not provide total protection against papillomavirus. Although the Human Papillomaviruses are common, they are fortunately eliminated naturally by the body in 90% of cases. However, sometimes they persist in the mucous membranes and can then cause damage in the short, medium or long terme.
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