Women who smoke ‘at greater risk of HPV infection’

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RESEARCH FUNDED BY the Irish Cancer Society shows that women who smoke are at greater risk of contracting a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection.

The infection is the main cause of cervical cancer, and HPV infects 70 – 80 per cent of women at some stage in their lifetime. According to research that was funded by a €120,000 grant from the Irish Cancer Society, women who smoke are at greater risk of contracting HPV.

Although the immune system can clear HPV, in a small percentage of women who pick up the virus the infection persists and leaves them at increased risk of developing high-grade cervical pre-cancer, and cervical cancer.

An article about these research findings was published in the Journal news website. It can be found here.