Having sex at an early age can double the risk of developing cervical cancer, a study of 20,000 women suggests.
-- From "Cervical cancer link to early sex" BBC News 12/21/09
The investigation into why poorer women have a higher risk of the disease found they tended to have sex about four years earlier than more affluent women.
Previously, it had been thought the disparity was the result of low screening uptake in poorer areas.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer findings are published in the British Journal of Cancer.
The age at which a woman had her first baby was also an important factor.
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