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Cervical cancer What you need to know.JPGJanuary is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. I recently spoke with Lois M. Ramondetta, M.D., professor in
MD Anderson's Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, to find out what we need to know about cervical cancer.

Here's what she had to say.

What causes cervical cancer?

Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease, is passed on through genital contact. The American Cancer Society says about 80% of men and women who have had sex will be exposed to HPV at some point.

Usually, the body's immune system gets rid of the virus, and most people never know they have it. However, those who don't get cervical cancer screening or receive inadequate treatment are more likely to develop cervical cancer.   


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