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        <p>Cervical cancer signs can really help you prevent this form of
cancer. Cervical cancer ranks first among cancers in women in most
developing countries. It constitutes 34 percent of all women's cancers.
The approximate global incidence of women suffering annually from cervix
cancer is 500,000. Though women at all ages are at risk, cervical cancer
is mostly seen in women from mid 30s to 55, with 47 being the average
age.</p> <p>Most people are sadly uninformed about cervical cancer. It
has nothing to do with your spinal cord or your neck. It is a disease in
which cancer cells are seen in the cervical tissues. The cervix, which is
the lower part of the uterus, connects the vagina to the body of the
uterus. The cervix is pink in color. It is covered with squamous cells,
which are scale-like in appearance. The cervical canal is lined with
another kind of cell, known as columnar cells The area where these two
types of cells meet called T-zone or transformation zone is the likeliest
area which can cause abnormal growth of cells.</p> <p><b>How can I find
out if I have cervical cancer?: </b>In the earliest stages, it is quite
difficult to ascertain if you have cervical cancer, because there are no
obvious symptoms. Irregular bleeding, bleeding or pain during sex or
vaginal discharge, chronic low backache which are cervical cancer signs,
offers appear at an advanced stage.</p> <p><b>Who is at risk of cervical
cancer? </b></p>
<p> Those who do unprotected sex: Most sexually active women have the
chances of carrying an HPV virus which spreads through skin to skin
contact with an HPV infected area. Sex at an early age, unprotected sex
and multiple sex partners augments the chances of a woman's of getting an
HPV infection. In other words, HPV infection can trigger cervical cancer.
Usage of condoms for the sake of unprotected sex, may not help because
the virus can be passed through skin to skin contact in the genital area,
that is not covered by a condom. But that does not mean, one should not
use condom, it is very important to protect yourself against AIDS and
sexually transmitted diseases.</p>
<p> Smoking: Smoking increases the risk of the woman to contract cervical
cancer. Chemical produced by tobacco smoking can damage the DNA of the
cervix cells, making them cancerous.</p>
<p> Chlamdiya infection: Chlamydia infection which is bacterial in nature
is also a cayuse, triggered through sexual contact.</p>
<p> Diet deficient in fruit and vegetables: Women who do not eat enough
fruit or vegetables miss out on the antioxidant properties which keep
cancers at bay. Phytochemicals like vitamins A, C, E and beta-carotene
are known to prevent cervical cancers.</p>
<p> HIV infection: Women who have a weak immune system from illnesses
like HIV(Human Immunodeficiency Virus) can also suffer from cervical
cancer.</p>
<p> Long term oral contraceptives: Usage of long-term contraceptives for
say 5 or more years can increase the woman's chances of suffering from
cervix cancer.</p>
<p> Family history of cervical cancer: Women who have a family history of
cervical cancer are also at risk. A person who has a family history of
this disease may be less genetically equipped to fight of HPV infection
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