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RE: What you need to know about cervical cancer (Contest inside)

in StemSocial3 months ago

Thanks for this enlightening piece on cervical cancer. I'm just a bit confused. You said HPV is responsible for cervical cancer and the virus spreads mainly through sexual activities. You also said there are risk factors such as genetics, smoking, etc. Do you want to throw more light on this? I mean, if HPV is responsible, how can smoking be a risk factor for cervical cancer? Does smoking increase the chances of getting the virus, and thus, cervical cancer?

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how can smoking be a risk factor for cervical cancer? Does smoking increase the chances of getting the virus, and thus, cervical cancer?

HPV is the cause, smoking and genetics are risk factors.

The thing about smoking is that it increases the chances of various cancers as it contains a whole lot of carcinogens.

If you check the books, you will discover that smoking can increase the risk of any of the lethal cancers; colon, mouth and throat, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, liver, pancreas, voicebox (larynx), trachea, bronchus, kidney, and renal pelvis, urinary bladder, and cervix, and even acute myeloid leukemia( a type of blood cancer seen mainly in adults).

With genetics, positive family history most times give rise to conditions and this is not peculiar to cancers alone. If you have a positive family history of hypertension, you are at an increased chance of having it compared to someone that doesn't have a family history.

This is also because genetic materials are passed on from parents to offspring.

References

  • Centre for disease control