Cervical Cancer


Find information and advice on cervical cancer and HPV by reading our frequently asked questions and getting medically accurate answers on HPV infection, symptoms, vaccines, types and cures.

How do you get HPV?

HPV is passed through skin-to-skin contact most often during sexual intercourse.

Does HPV cause cervical cancer?

Infection with certain types of HPV is the major cause of cervical cancer. Almost all women will have HPV infection at some point but very few will develop into cervical cancer.

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CANSA’s purpose is to lead the fight against cancer in South Africa. Its mission is to be the preferred non-profit organisation that enables research, educates the public and provides support to all people affected by cancer. Questions are answered by CANSA’s Head of Health Professor Michael Herbst. For more information, visit

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