The cause of cervical cancer has been found to be a skin cell virus called Human Papillomavirus (HPV). The low-risk type of HPV results in genital warts whereas the high-risk type of HPV leads to cervical cancer. The symptoms of HPV are usually not found. Therefore, only after the screening for cancer, one could actually find out the presence of Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
A person gets HPV:
70% of cervical cancers in the world are said to be caused by HPV 16 and 18, for which vaccines to protect against the virus are available. The same vaccines give protection from the other types of HPV. The HPV infection in women of aged twenty-one to twenty-nine usually goes away.
Therefore, it is suggested to avoid the HPV test. Women above the age of thirty should go for the test as they are more likely to develop cancer because the HPV may have stayed in the body for a longer period of time.
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