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January 22, 2007

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Worldwide, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women, and it causes an estimated 233,000 deaths each year. Dr. Levi Downs, a gynecologic oncologist and researcher with the U of M Medical School and Cancer Center, says virtually all cervical cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is spread through sexual contact.

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