WHAT CAUSES CERVICAL CANCER?
Cervical cancer is caused by several strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is transmitted through sexual contact. Most people will contract HPV at some point in their lives, but it is often cleared by our immune system before it causes health problems. However, if the immune system is not functioning optimally, due to nutrient deficiencies, stress, chronic disease, or other factors, the virus can cause cellular changes in the cervix that may lead to cancer.
WHO IS AT RISK OF CERVICAL CANCER?
Any woman who is or has been sexually active is at risk because she may have been exposed to the HPV virus. Higher risk groups include:
- multiple sexual partners or a partner with multiple sexual partners
- becoming sexually active at a young age
- history of sexually transmitted disease
- suppressed or poorly functioning immune system