Cervical cancer is one disease that people dont know enough about. One study has shown that only forty percent of women know what the human papilloma virus is. The lack of knowledge is disturbing, considering that infection with human papilloma virus is one of the main risk factors for cervical cancer. Among that 40 percent number, only twenty percent of the women knew that the human papilloma virus has been linked to cervical cancer. Total eradication of HPV is a long way off.
The U.S. National Cancer Institutes Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) monitor of 2005 concluded that the public is in need of education concerning HPV and cervical cancer so that people may make appropriate health care choices about Pap tests, HPV DNA tests, and the HPV vaccine. Well try and answer a few typical questions in this, one in a series of occasional posts.
Common question: Ive heard that doctors can treat abnormal cervix cells before they become cancerous. How do they do that?
Answer: There are many different methods that doctors use in order to cut off a problem with cervical cancer before it begins. Stage zero of the disease is described as an individual having the presence of abnormal pre-cancerous cells on the cervix. When a doctor finds this to be the case, they may choose from a variety of ways to remove the precancerous lesions.
These methods may include cryotherapy in which the offending cells are frozen away, or cauterization which works by burning the cells. Laser surgery is one method that is being used more and more lately since it is often more precise than the other methods, destroying the bad tissues while leaving the good ones intact. Biopsies are another method that doctors may employ to achieve the same results.
Another question is: How do physicians deal with more advanced stages of cervical cancer?
Answer: Oftentimes, for a fairly advanced case of cervical cancer, a hysterectomy surgery is performed in order to ensure that all of the cancerous cells are removed. When a case for cervical cancer has spread beyond the cervix however, and begun to attack other parts of the body, different types of methodologies may need to be called in.
Amongst these techniques are biopsy surgery in which the cancerous cells are attempted to be removed via a surgeons scalpel, radiation therapy in which radioactive Ã¢â‚¬Ëœseeds are placed near cancerous cells in order to destroy them, and chemotherapy in which several different types of drugs are used to destroy all of the fast-growing cells of the body, which destroys both cancer cells and other fast-growing cells such as hair follicles. It is very dependant on your specific condition and how badly affected you are by the disease that makes doctors determine which course of action they should take in order to help to save your life.
Question- Do diet and nutrition have anything to do with cervical cancer?
Answer: HPV seems to be more prevalent and more easily acquired by those who have poor diets or deficiencies. The interesting thing is that hpv and cervical cancer both can often be treated naturally or have a natural treatment enhance modern medical treatments. Here some of the possible natural sources will be explored.
As there is evidence that a person who eats a diet that consists of a lot of nutrients that come from vegetables and fruit is more likely to be one of the people who do not get cervical cancer then it is also good to know that if you seek a natural treatment upon diagnosis of an abnormal pap smear you can combat the suspected abnormality with dietary measures and specific herbs and procedures and quite possibly eliminate the condition.
A person who has been told that they have an abnormal pap smear or developing dysplasia or cervical cancer can seek help with a naturopathic doctor and receive an eclectic treatment.
There is always a case for adding lots of fruit and vegetables to your diet, and getting cancer to your cervix should just serve as another reminder that 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day should always be a priority for women that want a healthy, good looking body. Drinking clean pure water every day is equally a recommendation worth taking with you on the way to the smear test clinic.
Image: Digitized electron micrograph of human papilloma virus. Credit Annie Cavanagh, Wellcome Images Creative Commons.