You who have teenage daughters must be more vigilant at this time. Get to know who his friends are, and make it a habit to always tell about her relationships because a study has shown that women who are sexually active from a young age would raise the risk of cervical cancer later.
Health experts respond to the results of this latest study by reducing the age limit for cervical cancer screening. In the UK, women do not qualify for the NHS (National Health Service) screening until the age of 25 years. However, Dr. Lesley Walker of Cancer Research UK said, “If this is the case, HPV vaccination (a human papilloma virus, a sexually transmitted virus and a major cause of cervical cancer) needs to be given in schools at the age before students start having sex, especially among young women in disadvantaged areas. ”
Research published in the British Journal of Cancer is indeed observing why women in deficient areas seem to have a higher risk of this deadly disease. According to a study involving 20,000 female respondents, the reason was that women in these places generally had sex since they were teenagers — the risk of cervical cancer increases in women who first have intercourse at the age of 20 years.
“In our study, poorer women used to be sexually active on average 4 years earlier. So they may have been infected with HPV earlier, which means giving the virus more time to develop cancer, “said Dr. Silvia Francheschi, who led the study.
Meanwhile, another study conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer found that the age of a woman at first birth also plays an essential role in developing cervical cancer. Other factors such as smoking, and the number of sexual partners that have ever been owned, is not so significant.