Earlier this week I wrote about a sort of disturbing story of HPV gone bad. Sorry to be a downer (again!), but researchers have just released some fascinating new findings that seem to link the age in which you first starting having sex to your risk for a certain, deadly, form of cancer …
I just heard about a woman I know who was diagnosed with cervical cancer–this week–so when I came across some news, reported by the BBC, about a new study of cervical cancer in women, I paid attention.
According to a major study of 20,000 women by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which was published in the British Journal of Cancer, having sex at an early age can double the risk of developing cervical cancer later in life.
Researchers have long known that poorer women tend to have higher risk for cervical cancer, a disease linked to the sexually transmitted disease HPV, than more affluent women.
No, STDs do not discriminate. However, say researchers, women from developing nations (and poor areas of developed nations where high school graduation rates are low, for example), often have less information about safe sex, and are thought to make unsafe decisions about sex–having sex earlier than women in more affluent areas.
The research gives more ammunition to the argument that the HPV vaccine is more necessary than ever.
How old were you when you first had sex? What do you think of these findings?
The shocking myths many 20-something women believe about sex …
Scary: Someone at this university is sabotaging condoms!
Would you use this female condom?
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