A risk factor is anything that changes your chance of getting a disease such as cancer. For example, exposing skin to strong sunlight is a risk factor for skin cancer. But having a risk factor, or even several, does not mean that you will get the disease.
Several risk factors increase your chance of developing cervical cancer.
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Women without any of these risk factors rarely develop cervical cancer.
Although these risk factors increase the odds of developing cervical cancer, many women with these risks do not develop this disease.
However, it is still important to know about risk factors that cannot be changed, because it's even more important for women who have these factors to get regular Pap tests to detect cervical cancer early.