September is cervical cancer awareness month
Did you know that cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women in South Africa? Mainly caused by the Human papillomavirus (HPV), it accounts for more than 270 000 deaths worldwide annually. HPV is the most common viral infection of the reproductive tract. The virus enters your body, usually through a cut, abrasion, or small tear in your skin and it is transferred primarily by skin-to-skin contact, usually through sexual intercourse.