January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. At alternative Cancer Treatment Mexico we are committed to treating the underlying causes of cancer and helping our patients to achieve optimal health, helping their bodies to fight cancer naturally. This month we will take a look at cervical cancer, its causes and what can be done to prevent, fight, and raise awareness of the disease.
Most cervical cancers are caused by HPV, or human papillomavirus. So it’s understandable that people diagnosed with HPV will be anxious. However, whilst most cervical cancers are the result of HPV, most individuals with HPV do NOT go on to develop cervical cancer.
Rather than being an indicator of who will develop the disease, HPV diagnosis is a way of identifying those who are at risk from developing cervical cancer and controlling that risk.
What are HPVs?
HPVs are a collection of more than 150 viruses that are all related. Not all HPVs are sexually transmitted, some, such as warts and verrucae are the result of skin to skin contact. The most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States, HPVs are estimated to affect around 20 million Americans at any time. A recent study indicates that at any point, 42.5% (nearly half) of all women have a genital HPV infection.
Do All HPVs Cause Cancer?
No. Sexually transmitted HPVs are split into two categories: low risk HPVs and High risk, or Oncogenic HPVs. Low risk HPVs don’t cause cancer but can cause genital warts (HPVs 6 and 11 are responsible for 90% of all genital warts). High risk HPVs can cause cancer. There are over 10 high risk HPVs and HPVs 16 and 18 are responsible for most HPV-related cancers.
How Do HPVs Spread?
Usually HPVs spread as the result of contact with the infection. This is anything from catching a verruca at the swimming pool, to transmission through skin to skin contact of any kind (genital HPVs are contracted through sexual contact). The HPV virus can take many years to develop, meaning that it is not unusual for a woman who has been in a monogamous relationship for many years to be told that she has HPV after a routine pap test.
How Is HPV Detected?
Some HPV viruses have symptoms, such as raised bumps in the skin (warts or verrucae). However, the more serious HPVs do not usually come with symptoms but are picked up at routine PAP, or smear tests. On detection of the virus, further investigations are usually undertaken to see if the virus has caused any cancerous or precancerous changes in the cells in the cervix.
Can You Cure HPV?
There is no cure for the HPV virus. However, most people who are diagnosed with HPV naturally get rid of the virus within two years of diagnosis.
What Can you Do?
With HPV vaccines becoming routine in many countries, rates of infection with the HPV virus are expected to drop. By practicing safe sex and helping to maintain a healthy immune system through lifestyle and diet you can help to protect your body from the virus and help your body to rid itself of the virus if you do contract it. The most important thing that any woman needs to remember is that regular pap smears may seem invasive and inconvenient, but they really could save your life.
At Alternative Cancer treatment Mexico we use a unique approach to cancer treatment, detoxifying and nourishing the body, boosting immunity and implementing ground breaking cancer suppression techniques, such as insulin potentiated targeted low dose (IPTLD), and hyperthermia. In this way we are able to treat all cancers, including breast cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer, without the potentially life changing side effects associated with conventional cancer treatment.
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