Screening for cervical cancer is very important for all women, especially during sexual activity. This screening is done through a smear that must be performed very regularly.
The uterus is composed of two parts: the body and the cervix. The cervix is at the entrance of the uterus. It binds the vagina and the body of the uterus.
Cervical cancer is a cancer that develops very often after infection with a virus: the human papillomavirus (HPV). This infectious agent, transmissible by sexual intercourse, can cause lesions in the cells of the lining of the cervix. Specifically, some HPV viruses will cause cancer.
If many women are infected with this virus in their lifetime, a large number of them eliminate it naturally. Unfortunately, some women may retain this virus, which may affect the cells of the cervical lining ... and after a few years, the risk is the occurrence of cancer.
The cancer development time estimated at around 15 years, allows doctors to discover cells with lesions at a pre-cancer stage. Hence the interest of being screened regularly with the cervical smear.Want to react, share your experience or ask a question? Appointment in our FORUMS Cancer or Gynecology or A doctor answers you!
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Author: Dr. Nicolas Evrard.