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Is cervical cancer genetic? Eight risk factors

If multiple people on one side of a person’s family have cervical cancer, a doctor may recommend they have additional screening tests or more regular screening for cervical cancer. Photo: Getty Images

(Jon Johnson/ Medical News Today) — The most common types of cervical cancer are not hereditary, meaning a person is not more likely to develop it if a parent or close relative has had the disease. However, some rare types of cervical cancer may have a genetic component. Changes to certain genes, such as the DICER1 gene or STK11 gene, may increase a person’s risk of cervical cancer.

This article describes which types of cervical cancer may be hereditary and outlines some familial risk factors for the disease. We also list other risk factors for cervical cancer and provide information on symptoms, prevention, and outlook. (…)