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HPV and cervical cancer: What you need to know

Get informed about cervical cancer. Learn more about the connection between cervical cancer and human papillomavirus, or HPV.

January 1, 2019

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Understanding cervical cancer and HPV

Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV, a common virus affecting most sexually active people in their lifetime.

For most people, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don’t clear the virus, HPV can lead to cervical and certain other cancers and diseases in men and women. Unfortunately, because HPV often has no visible signs or symptoms, many people who have the virus don’t even know it. There’s no way to predict who will or won’t clear the virus.

That’s why education and awareness about the link between HPV and certain cancers, including cervical cancer, are so important.

By the numbers

Human papillomavirus (HPV)

80% icon

The probability of acquiring HPV by age 45 among sexually active people in the U.S.

50% of females icon

The percentage of new HPV infections in the U.S. that occur in adults ages 25 and older.

Cervical cancer

13,200 globally icon

The estimated number of new cervical cancer cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year.

Unlike some cancers, cervical cancer is not considered to be passed down through family genes.

The estimated percentage of cervical cancer cases caused by HPV infections acquired after the age of 20.

26,100 in the U.S. icon

The estimated number of people each year in the U.S. who are diagnosed with cervical cancer and certain other HPV-related cancers.