Cervical cancer and smoking

How smoking is an important cervical cancer risk factor


Cervical cancer and smoking is an important risk factor in women who smoke. It is not clear why some women develop cervical cancer yet others do not. Certainly cigarette smoking is an important and proven consideration for all women who smoke.

The risk of contracting cervical cancer increases with the number of cigarettes smoked and how long one has been smoking. Essentially smoking increases the chance of precancerous lesions development in the cervix. These can be moderate to severe dysplasia which gives way to cervical cancer over a prolonged period of time even up to 10 years.

Not to say dysplasia comes to being primarily because of smoking. Smoking is only a risk hightener compared to other women who do not smoke.Smoking weakens the immune system of smokers and gives particularly a foothold to human papilloma virus (HPV) responsible for genital warts, precancers and cancer of the cervix. Cervical cancer and smoking may work more effectively with other door way factors such as multiple sexual partners which also increases the risk of HPV transmission.

The exact agents in tobacco smoke is the nicotine and the 4000 chemicals many of them carcinogens found in burning cigarettes.In fact high concentrations of nicotine and these carcinogens have been found in cervical mucus. They are thought to harm genes in cervical cells.

Repair work is impossible to damaged cervical cells due to smoking. Damaged cervical cells fail to protect you from HPV resulting in the setting in of cancer.

The effects of smoking are far reaching than cancer of the lungs. Smoking creates a whirlwind of risk factors predisposing tobacco smokers to the ruthless enemies of your health such as cervical cancer.


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