January 27, 2003 at 4:43 PM CST - Updated June 19 at 7:36 PM
Question: Is it true that cerival cancer is caused by having a sexually transmitted disease?
Answer from GFI: While it is not known what causes all cervical cancers, there is an association of human papilloma virus (that can cause genital warts) to cases of cervical cancer, thus the importance of pap smears in sexually active females to detect this early and get treated before it may advance to the cancer stage. Human papilloma virus or HPV is known to be sexually transmitted. Randall Stoltz, MD