Risk factors for cervical cancer include:
• Early sexual activity: Having sex at an early age increases your risk of HPV.
• Many sexual partners: The greater your number of sexual partners — and the greater your
partner's number of sexual partners — the greater your chance of acquiring HPV.
• Other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs): Having other STIs — such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea,
syphilis and HIV/AIDS — increases your risk of HPV.
• A weak Immune System: You may be more likely to develop cervical cancer if your immune system is
weakened by another health condition and you have HPV.
• Smoking: Smoking is associated with squamous cell cervical cancer.