Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancer among women. The disease develops on the lining of the cervix (the tissue that covers it). The latter is caused by a persistent infection due to a sexually transmitted virus: the human papillomavirus. Diagnosed on average at 51 years, cervical cancer appears after prolonged exposure to human papillomavirus, usually 10 to 15 years after infection. This cancer can nevertheless be avoided. Indeed, a simple Pap test (cervical examination) can significantly reduce both the number of new cases and the number of deaths related to this disease.
For cervical cancer as for all other types of cancer, early detection is still the best way to prevent it. Thus, to reduce the risk of developing this disease, it is important to carry out screening tests and / or to vaccinate against human papillomavirus (HPV).
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