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    How do you get cervical cancer?

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    ACCF’s Vision is to protect and enhance women’s health by eliminating cervical cancer and enabling treatment for women with cervical cancer and related health issues, … View Profile

    Long term infection with certain types of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is now known to be the cause of almost all cervical cancers. Almost all abnormal Pap test results are caused by HPV.
    Anyone who has ever had sex can have HPV because it is commonly spread by sexual contact even though people may not be aware of any signs of symptoms at all. In rare cases, if the virus persists and is left undetected, it can lead to cervical cancer. This usually takes about 10 years.
    While HPV is very common, most women with HPV will not develop cervical cancer.

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