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Does cervical cancer run in families?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

There is some evidence that cervical cancer can run in families. Women with a sister or a mother who had cervical cancer are more at risk than women who have not had a family member with the disease. The risk could be two or even three time higher. There may be genetic reasons that influence a woman's response to human papillomavirus (HPV) infections, leaving them at greater risk for cervical cancer.

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