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Cervical cancer genetics

Is cervical cancer a hereditary cancer?

The two most common types of cervical cancer—squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma—are not hereditary.

However, scientists believe that other types of cervical cancer may run in some families, although the genetic link seems to be relatively rare. More specifically, if a woman’s mother or sister were diagnosed with cervical cancer, her own risk could be higher than if no one else in her family had it. This phenomenon may be related to an inherited condition that interferes with the ability of the body’s immune system to fight off HPV infection.

See “Is cervical cancer genetic?” on the Moffitt Cancer Center website

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