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Risk factors for cervical cancer include:
There is no relationship with herpes simplex virus type II.
The low incidence of cervical cancer among Jewish women may possibly related to their sexual behaviour - abstinence from intercourse when "unclean" i.e. when menstruating, when have a vaginal discharge, and for the first 12-16 weeks postpartum. These are periods of increased metaplasia in the transformation zone. The benefits of male circumcision are now largely dismissed.