Cervical cancer most common in India

Of all the cancers that infect women in India,cervical cancer outnumbers its counterparts by a mile.
Essentially, it is a cancer that is caused at the neck of the womb and infects the cervix. The virus alters the behaviour of the cells and over the years, can turn them malignant. » Cervical cancer is a sexually transmitted disease. » 80 per cent of all cases are caused due to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) which transmits through sexual contact (normal, oral and anal), and is prevalent in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. While males are asymptomatic carriers, they can transmit it to women. » 90 per cent of all HPV infections are virtually preventable. » The gestation period can range from 10-15 years, wherein the cells lie dormant (pre-cancer stage). Catching the virus at this stage is by far the most effective and simplest preventive mechanism.

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