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no, cervical cancer is not genetic or familial.
cervical cancer comes from environmental effects on the cervix such as HPV virus
just because your mother had cervical cancer does not mean you will have it.
keep getting your pap smears and you will catch anything early, but it sounds like you will not get cervical cancer.
the rate of cervical cancer continues to go down and down with every generation as pap smears are more common
let me know if you have questions.
I think it is a good idea to continue to do a vaginal smear along with a pap smear as well.
and continue to do regular gyn exams.
vaginal cancer is not as common as cervical cancer and less is known about vaginal cancer.
alot we know about vaginal cancer is taken from research done for patients who have cervical cancer.
best of luck to you
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