Who primarily gets cervical cancer?

Dr. Michael Guy explains who is most at risk for cervical cancer. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


All women are at risk for cervical cancer, so it’s important for women to have regular check-ups with their gynecologist, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC). Cervical cancer occurs mostly in women over 30; more than 12,000 women in America are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, the CDC states.

According to the American Cancer SocietyOff Site Icon (ACS), the following are factors that increase one’s risk of developing cervical cancer:

  • Chlamydia infection
  • Diet low in fruits and vegetables
  • Family history of cervical cancer
  • Human papilloma virus (HPV) infection
  • Intrauterine device ( IUD) use
  • Long-term use of oral contraceptives
  • Multiple full-term pregnancies
  • Overweight
  • Smoking
  • Weakened immune system
  • Younger than 17 at first full-term pregnancy

Ask your doctor about risk factors for cervical cancer.

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