What is cervical cancer?
Cervical cancer is also commonly called as cervix cancer. It is a cancer on cervix; the lower uterus part that opens into vagina. This cancer type belongs to the most common cancer suffered by women after breast cancer. In 2007, the American Cancer Society predicted over 11,150 women in US suffered cervix cancer and about a quarter of them died for the serious cervical cancer development. That amount is 75% lower than 50 years before for the finding of Pap test to detect cervical cancer earlier.
The Causes of Cervical Cancer
The main cause of cervical cancer is the high risk HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). The high risk virus can infect most women at least once in life. The HPV infection will be fought by the immune system and then resulting no problem. However, the infection stays in the bodies of some women. The longer period of active HPV inside a woman’s body will increase the cervical cancer risk. About how long does it take for cervical cancer to develop, it depends on how good the immune system stay fighting for the disease.
How to Prevent Cervical Cancer?
To know if there is cervical cancer development and to prevent it, regular screening with Pap and HPV test for more than 30 years old women are the best way. It will let you know earlier about the abnormal development that can be cancer if you don’t get rid of it. If the test results positive infection of HPV, further test will be needed such as colposcopy. It will let the doctor know whether the abnormal cells should be removed.
The Cervical Cancer Development Time
Once the cervical cancer development occurs, it needs 10-15 years for the cancer to develop invasively. The early stage of the cells changing is named pre-cancerous and called dysplasia or Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia (CIN). It is treatable before it develops to be cancerous. So you still have long time to get rid of the abnormal cell development. Always remember about how long it takes for cervical cancer to develop so you can do some prevention.