Women with mental illness twice at risk of developing cervical cancer; here's why4 min read 26 Mar 2023, 01:12 PM IST
Cervical cancer develops in a woman's cervix i.e. the entrance to the uterus from the vagina. As per WHO, almost 99 percent of all cervical cancer cases are linked to infection with high-risk human papillomaviruses (HPV), an extremely common virus transmitted through sexual contact.
A study published in The Lancet Public Health has stated women suffering from mental illness, neuropsychiatric disability, or substance addiction are less likely to undergo gynaecological screening tests for cervical cancer and are more than twice as likely to develop the disease.
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