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HPV and Cervical Cancer

Posted Apr 15 2010 12:00am

The cervix is the lower more narrow portion of the uterus where it joins with the top end of the vagina. Cervical Dysplasia is the term used when abnormal cells are found on the cervix. Dysplasia may or may not lead to cervical cancer depending on the individual’s immune system. Cervical cancer is the second most common malignant cancer in females age 15-34 but it is also a very slow growing cancer.

There are many risk factors that can lead to cervical cancer including:

1) Having multiple sexual partners. Females with 2-5+ sexual partners are 3.46 times more likely to develop cervical cancer. The CDC website states that even people who have only had one sexual partner for their entire lives can still become infected though.

2) Early Loss of Virginity. A woman is 2.76 times more likely to develop cervical cancer if she has had intercourse before the age of 18.

3) Herpes Simplex Type II and Human Papillomaviruses (HPV). HPV has about 40 different strains that are transmitted sexually. More often than not, the individual is unaware that they are even carrying HPV. The strain of HPV called HPV16 is the most common and is found in 90% of cervical cancers and 50-70% of cervical dysplasia. (There has recently been some controversy over HPV actually causing Cervical Cancer and the FDA has already adopted the position that HPV infections do not directly cause cervical cancer. You can read more about this through the link in reference 7 below. For the purpose of this discussion, I will include HPV as a possible “cause” though since it is a pathogen and people may want to remove it from their bodies).

4) Nutritional Deficiencies: If Beta-carotene intake is less than 5,000 IU per day, a woman is 2.814 times more likely to develop cervical cancer. If vitamin C intake is less than 30mg a day, she is 6.717 times more likely to develop cervical cancer. High fat diets and deficiencies in folic acid, B6 and Selenium are also associated with a higher risk.

5) Smoking. A female who smokes 10 or more cigarettes a day is 3.06 times more likely to develop cervical cancer. This increased risk could be due to the smoke depressing the body’s natural immune functions or the fact that smoking causes Vitamin C deficiencies, among other factors.

6) Birth Control Pills: A female who uses birth control pills for 5-8+ years is 3.66 times more likely to develop cervical cancer. Birth control pills decrease the body’s storage and absorption of B6, B12, Folic Acid, Riboflavin, Zinc and Vitamin C. Folic acid deficiency is of special concern as it has been shown that when folic acid levels are high in cervical cells that HPV is blocked from infecting the cell. Birth control pills, however, block cellular uptake of folic acid leaving cervical cells more susceptible to the virus.

7) Transmission during birth. Sometimes, a pregnant mother infected with HPV can pass the virus to her baby but this is rare and happens in less than 2,000 births a year.

HPV infection can only be found through cervical cancer testing because most people do not develop any signs or symptoms of the virus. In fact, the CDC website states that “In 90% of cases, the body’s immune system clears HPV naturally within two years.

The CDC website also states the following statistics:

1) Approximately 20 million Americans are currently infected with HPV.
2) Another 6 million people become newly infected each year.
3) At least 50% of sexually active men and women get HPV at some point in their lives.
4) Each year, about 12,000 U.S. women get cervical cancer.

There has been a huge push by the pharmaceutical industry to have everyone vaccinated for HPV in order to prevent cervical cancer but there is far too much controversy surrounding this vaccine for me to ever even think about recommending it to anyone. Considering the risks mentioned in the list above, there seem to be many common sense strategies to help prevent cervical cancer and/or HPV infection though and there are also a few other Natural remedies that I have found in my research.

1) The CDC website states that the only sure way to prevent HPV infection is to avoid all sexual activity for life, but for most this is unrealistic. Keeping sexual partners to a minimum is probably more realistic and can be helpful.

2) Wait until age 18 or older to have intercourse.

3) Always wear protection from the very first instance of genital contact whether it is vaginal, anal or oral contact.

4) Women should be diligent about getting their annual Pap smear exams so that dysplasia can be detected early and removed before progressing into cancer.

5) Avoid smoking, or at a minimum, reduce consumption to fewer than 10 cigarettes per day.

6) Use natural family planning methods or sterilization instead of taking oral contraceptives or have a non-hormonal Intrauterine Device (IUD) inserted like Paragard. If you insist on taking birth control then make sure to supplement with a quality B-Complex Vitamin, Zinc, Vitamin C and a minimum of 10mg of Folic Acid daily.

7) Nutritional supplementation is key for most people considering the lack of nutrients in the Standard American Diet (SAD). Make sure to take a good quality multi-vitamin and a B-Complex vitamin with special emphasis on Folic Acid. Eat a diet rich in vegetables and fruits.

8) Sandalwood essential oil , even at very small concentrations, has been shown to inhibit the growth of cervical, breast, skin and prostate cancer cells by up to 90% while having little or no harmful effect on normal cells. You should consult a professional before utilizing this method though.

9) Taking 500-1000mg a day of the herb Astragalus helps to activate the immune system to fight off HPV and also helps to activate the p53 gene. The p53 Gene inhibits defective or cancerous cells from multiplying.

10) I have also been told that taking one (1) oz of colloidal silver morning and night for three (3) months can be very effective in eliminating HPV. You must not eat or drink anything within the 30 minutes before or after taking the silver. Unfortunately, I was given this information by a friend who learned it from her Naturopath so I do not have a specific website or book reference to back this information.

Prevention is key and knowledge is power so I hope that this blog topic has given you some knowledge that you can use in your daily routine to help protect you or your loved ones from developing cervical cancer or at least given you some natural remedies to cleanse your body of HPV.

- For Educational Purposes Only
- Not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition
-These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA
- These statements are my opinions and conclusion from the knowledge I have thus far

Resources 1) Murray and Pizzorno, Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine , Revised 2nd Edition, 1998, pgs 341-346
2) http://www.cdc.gov/STD/HPV/STDFact-HPV.htm
Accessed: 04/14/10
3) http://www.tarunaoils.com/articles/cancer-fighting-eo.asp
Accessed: 04/14/10
5) http://www.ehow.com/about_5085575_herbs-cervical-cancer.html
Accessed:04/14/10
6) http://www.go-symmetry.com/health/cervical-cancer.htm
Accessed: 04/14/10
7) http://www.naturalnews.com/Report_HPV_Vaccine_1.html
Accessed: 04/15/10

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