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What are the risk factors of Cervical Cancer Every year there is an increase in the amount of women who develop the disease cervical cancer As we are developing a poster to encourage women to be aware of the disease we feel it is essential to present the factors which put women at a higher risk Smoking Sexual Intercourse Oral contraception Multiple pregnancies Diet Low socio-economic status How does cancer of the cervix develop fnofCancer of the cervix can take many years to develop Changes occur in the cells of the cervix These abnormal cells are called cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia CIN also known as dysplasia They have the potential to develop into cancer if left untreated They do not always develop into cancer and is important to realise this fnofCIN is usually the result of a virus infection human papillomavirus HPV they are a group of small DNA viruses that cause warts cervical cancer and other anogenital cancers Usually your immune system gets rid of the virus without you even knowing it is there fnofBegins in the lining of the cervix These cells multiply uncontrollably and form tumours cancerous masses Once a tumour begins to form it grows deeper in the cervix Eventually it grows into the body of the uterus vagina rectum bowel and bladder fnofIt can spread into the lymphatic channels and lymph nodes which play a vital role in the bodys defence mechanism These lymph nodes produce lymphocytes which help fight cancer cells slowing their growth and spread but can get passed into the bloodstream which then means they can spread around the body and lodge themselves into other parts of the bodys organs where again they can multiply This is then known as metastasis What are the symptoms of cervical cancer Vaginal discharge Odour from discharge Abnormal bleeding
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