How Long Does It Take For Cervical Cancer to Develop

How Long Does It Take For Cervical Cancer to Develop

What is Cancer?

The human body is made up of billions of cells which form the building blocks of our tissues and organs. The replication of these cells is what gives it the ability to form complex systems that support life forms. The abnormal or uncontrolled replication of these cells is known as cancer. There are over 200 different types of cancer, but the most common ones are breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung and bronchial cancer, colon and rectum cancer, bladder cancer, melanoma of the skin, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, kidney and renal cancer, thyroid cancer, leukemia, pancreatic cancer and cervical cancer.

What is cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer is a cancer arising from the cervix. It is due to the abnormal growth of cells that have the ability to invade or spread to other parts of the body. It is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.  Having many sexual partners, smoking, taking birth control pills, and engaging in early sexual contact significantly increases your risk of cervical cancer.

 

How Long Does It Take For Cervical Cancer to Develop?

It takes about 10 to 15 years for cervical cancer to develop from abnormal cells if left untreated. Although, many mild and moderately abnormal cells will often go away on their own without any form of treatment. Removing cells that are pre-cancerous can prevent cervical cancer from developing.

 

How Does Cancer Spread?

The place where a cancer originates in the body is called the primary site or primary cancer. If cancer cells spread to another part of the body, the new area is referred to as a secondary cancer or a metastasis.  Some cancers can spread to more than one area of the body leading to the formation of multiple secondaries or metastases. There are several mechanisms by which cancer spreads. Cancer cells can be carried in the lymphatic system or blood stream to other parts of the body. In order to spread, some cells from the primary cancer must split, and move to another part of the body and start growing there. If the cancer cells go into small blood vessels they can secure access into the bloodstream (circulating tumor cells).

How Do I Know If I Have HPV

HPV infection doesn’t usually show any physical signs or  you probably won’t know you have it. Others may only find out once they’ve developed more serious problems from HPV, such as cancers. Most people can therefore get HPV and pass it on to others without even knowing it. Unfortunately there is no test to find out a person’s “HPV status.” neither, are there any approved HPV test to find HPV in the mouth or throat. Nevertheless,there are HPV tests that can be used to screen for cervical cancer among women aged 30 years and older. HPV tests are not recommended to screen men, adolescents, or women under the age of 30 years.Others may only find out once they’ve developed more serious problems from HPV, such as cancers.

What are The Signs and Symptoms of HPV In Men and Women

The only sign that you indicate a HPV infection in your body is most times is genital warts . If you have genital warts, that’s a sign of HPV. The draw back here is that genital warts can take months, or even years to show up from the day you had sex with a person who’s infected with an HPV virus.

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