Is Cervical Cancer Hereditary?

Q:

My mom died from cervical cancer when she was 58. I’m 32 now. I’m afraid I would have it, too. Is the cancer hereditary?

A:

A hereditary disease is a disease that runs in a family. Often more than one member in the family is affected by the disease.

Though it is true that some hereditary diseases affect more than one person in a family, cervical cancer is not one of them. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), cervical cancer is not hereditary. Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by HPV infections.

Although you can’t inherit cervical cancer from your mother or grandmother, you may still be more likely to have it because of your genes. It’s a familial tendency rather than hereditation.

 

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