Yes, as with other types of cancer, cervical cancer can also be life threatening.
Unfortunately, the presence of cervical cancer is often only detected after the condition is quite severe. In general, women who have pre-cancerous lesions or early cervical cancer, will not feel any complaints.
Complaints of illness usually arise when the cancer is invasive and attacks the surrounding tissues and organs.
Therefore, it is important for anyone, especially women, to be able to recognize the causes of cervical cancer and their risk factors as part of prevention measures for this disease.
What exactly causes cervical cancer?
Launching the book Preventing and Detecting Cervical Cancer (2010) by Dra. Hartati Nurwijaya, DR. Dr. Andrijono, Sp.OG (K), and Prof. DR. HK Suheimi, Sp.OG (K), The cause of cervical cancer is infection with high-risk human papilloma virus (HPV) or oncogenic HPV, which is HPV which contains proteins that cause cancer (oncoproteins).
HPV is a group of viruses consisting of 150 types of viruses that can infect cells on the surface of the skin. There are 30-40 types of HPV that can cause venereal disease.
Some types of HPV can cause genital warts. Meanwhile, other types of HPV can cause cervical cancer. 13 types of HPV that can cause cancer, including HPV 16, HPV 18, HPV 31, HPV 33, HPV 35, HPV 39, HPV 45, HPV 51, HPV 52, HPV 56, HPV 58, HPV 59, and HPV 69 .
Dozens of these types of HPV can be referred to as “high risk” HPV that is transmitted through sex.