Risk Factors For Cervical Cancer
Several risk factors can increase the likelihood of developing cervical cancer. At the same time, many women with these risk factors do not develop the disease.
While HPV is the greatest risk factor for developing cervical cancer, other risk factors include:
- Smoking cigarettes
- Taking oral contraceptives (birth control)
- Having a weakened immune system
- Giving birth multiple times
- Being unvaccinated against HPV
- Having a history of abnormal Pap tests
- Not having regular Pap tests
Just because some of these risk factors may apply to you, does not mean you will get cervical cancer. It simply means you may be at a higher risk. The most important thing is to remain diligent with adhering to screening guidelines and to follow-up with your healthcare provider regarding any abnormal results or other concerns.