What cervical cancer risk factors can I control?

An important cervical cancer risk factor that  you can control is to avoid exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV), which is associated with cervical cancer. There are several ways to reduce the risk of cervical cancer or HPV:
  • delaying sexual activity until age 21 or later
  • limiting the number of sexual partners
  • maintaining a mutually monogamous relationship
  • avoiding cigarette smoking
Also, talk to your doctor about getting Pap tests and an HPV vaccine.

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