Cancer of the cervix appears not to be related to geography, but primarily to the sexual practices in a given region or subculture. The commencement of sexual intercourse during adolescence, multiple partners, or partners who have had numerous partners are all factors associated with an increased risk of developing the disease, as is a large number of pregnancies.
Thus, cancer of the cervix is rare among nuns and common among prostitutes. A sexually transmitted virus is suspected to be a causative factor or cofactor. As with prostatic cancer, chronic cigarette smoking appears to increase the risk of occurrence of this neoplasm. Another peculiar difference, at least in the United States, is that cancer of the cervix occurs about twice as frequently among black as among white women, whereas cancer of the uterus occurs two to four times as often in white women. Cervical cancer is one of the most common types or cancer in young women and comes in many varieties. Fortunately, recent research has helped improve survival and give more hope than ever before for those stricken with cervical cancer.
It is crucial to be educated about the disease, so you can make the proper treatment choices to increase the likelihood of a happy outcome. Selecting the right treatment can literally make the difference between life and death. It is important to have the peace-of-mind of knowing that you have done everything possible to fight a cervical cancer problem successfully. The Cancer Group Institute's materials explain, in plain English, the risk factors, definition, types, frequency, symptoms, evaluation, historic and latest effective treatment for cervical cancer. We describe surgery, radiation and chemotherapy and their results, as well as combinations of these therapies. We tell you everything you need to know to help you make the right choices today for a cervical cancer problem.
Olsen J, Storm H. Danish Epidemiology Science Centre at the Department of Epidemiology and Social Medicine, University of Aarhus.