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