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Not all cervical cancers are created equal.

9/10 cases of cervical cancer arise from an HPV infection

10% of people with HPV develop a long lasting infection that increases risk for cancer


Caused by HPV: 

           Squamous cell carcinoma: Most cervical cancers (up to 90%) are squamous cell carcinomas. These cancers develop from cells in the ectocervix. 

          Adenocarcinoma: Cervical adenocarcinomas develop in the glandular cells of the endocervix.


Not caused by HPV

         Cervical Clear cell carcinoma: associated with a synthetic nonsteroidal estrogen hormone called diethylstilbestrol (DES), this was used during 1940-170


Signs and symptoms of Cervical Cancer

• Spotting or bleeding between periods

• Longer and heavier menstrual bleeding than usual

• Bleeding after intercourse, douching or an exam

• Increased vaginal discharge

• Pain during sexual intercourse

• Bleeding after menopause

• Unexplained, persistent pelvic and/or back pain


Prevention

  • Screening via HPV test AND PAP test

  • If you test positive for HPV initiate antiviral treatment to clear the virus from your system as longterm infection is what increases the risk for cancer

  • support your immune system with nutrients and supplements

  • Vaccinate



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