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- In the UK, every year, over 3,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer
- Nearly 1,000 women die from the disease every year
- It is not thought that cervical cancer is hereditary
- In most cases, cervical cancer is caused by persistent infection with a virus called human papillomavirus, which can be transmitted through skin to skin contact in the genital area
- Four out of five people will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives
Source: Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust
As part of Cervical Cancer Prevention week, charities are raising awareness of cervical cancer symptoms.
Charity Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust said that most women dismiss symptoms as 'just part and parcel of being a woman.'
Only a third of women would visit their doctor if they experienced symptoms of cervical cancer, according to a new report.
Of the 2,700 women questioned by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, over 30 per cent of them admitted they would see a doctor, if they experienced abnormal bleeding.
One in five women who had experienced another symptom of cervical cancer, pain during sex, did not seek medical advice.
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