Unlike some other cancers, cervical cancer doesn’t run in the family. It’s caused by certain types of HPV.
If a woman has an infection from certain types of HPV and the infection doesn’t go away on its own, abnormal cells can develop in her cervix (the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina).
Every year in the United States, HPV causes about 12,900 new cases of cervical cancer. That's about 35 women diagnosed each day.
If these abnormal cells aren’t found through routine cervical cancer screening and treated, cervical cancer can develop. That's why it's important for women to get regular screenings.
Many women with cervical cancer were probably exposed to cancer-causing HPV types in their teens and 20s.
In fact, women in their teens and 20s may be more vulnerable to certain infections than older women. That's why it's important for parents to talk to their child’s doctor before their child becomes sexually active.
To learn more about the link between cervical cancer and HPV, talk to your child’s doctor.