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Incidence

It is estimated that 1300 Canadian women and their families will have to deal with the reality of a cervical cancer diagnosis this year alone.

Cervical cancer can affect young women in their 20’s and 30’s. It is the second most common cancer in women aged 20-44, after breast cancer.

Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by a common virus called HPV. Approximately 75% of sexually active men and women in Canada will have at least one HPV infection in their lifetime. For some, this will lead to cervical cancer.

Mortality

The lifetime probability of a woman dying from cervical cancer in Canada is 1 in 445.

Prevention

Luckily, women can prevent most incidences of cervical cancer by properly screening themselves for the disease. Once women become sexually active they should have a Pap test every 1-3 years. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the major cause of cervical cancer and is spread through genital skin-to-skin contact. There are 2 vaccines approved for use in Canada to prevent HPV infection should be viewed as a complement, not a replacement, for cervical cancer screening.

What is Cervical Cancer?

Click here for more detailed information about cervical cancer, risk factors, screening, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, staging, and treatment.

If you wish to share your personal experience with cervical cancer, please click here: http://cancerconnection.ca/Groups/Cervical_Cancer