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Cervical Cancer

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Liz Lounsbury

Cervical Cancer

As women not only can our attitudes towards the choices we make in everyday

life effect our over all health they also either raise or lower the risk of cervical cancer

diagnosis. Many people think that casual sex is not a big deal, but this belief is very

dangerous to reproductive health not just over all health. According to the Center for

Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nearly all cervical cancers are caused by Human

papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that causes genital warts as

which in itself is abnormal reproduction of epithelial tissue. As the number of sexual

partners increases so does the risk of contracting STD’s. In general women with lower

numbers of sexual partners tend to be the least likely to be diagnosed with cervical

cancer.

Now just because a person may not have many partners the attitude of casual is

is not forgotten, the choice to use protection must also be considered. Unprotected sex

also increases the risk of STD transmission all it takes is one infected partner. The

importance of going with your partner to be tested for and diseases that may be sexually

transmitted before copulation is important as well because not all Std’s can be prevented by condom use.
"Center For Disease Control And Prevention" (n.d), “Genital ulcer diseases and HPV infections can occur in both male and female genital areas that are covered or protected by a latex condom, as well as in areas that are not covered. Consistent and correct use of latex condoms reduces the risk of genital herpes, syphilis, and chancroid only when the infected area or site of potential exposure is protected. Condom use may reduce the risk for HPV infection and HPV-associated diseases (e.g., genital warts and cervical cancer).”...

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