Facts and Information About Cervical Cancer By Courtney Johnson and Mike Adkins. What is Cervical Cancer.
Cancer that forms in tissues of the cervix (the organ connecting the uterus and vagina). It is usually a slow-growing cancer that may not have symptoms but can be found with regular Pap tests.
which opens into the vagina.
The cervix is part of a woman's reproductive system. It is the lower, narrow part of the uterus (womb). The uterus is a hollow, pear-shaped organ in the lower abdomen. The cervix connects the uterus to the vagina. The vagina leads to the outside of the body.
The cervical canal is a passageway through which blood flows from the uterus through the canal into the vagina during a menstrual period. During pregnancy, the cervix is tightly closed to help keep the baby inside the uterus. During childbirth, the cervix dilates (opens) to allow the baby to pass through the vaginal canal.
About 30 types of HPV are spread only through direct genital contact. These "genital" types of HPV are either “high-risk” or “low-risk”
1) "high-risk" – which means they can cause certain kinds of cancer (most commonly, cervical cancer) if the infection persists
2) "low-risk" – which means they are not associated with cancer, but can cause genital warts. Unless you develop one of these problems, the only way to know whether you have HPV is by being tested.
HPV cause visible genital warts. In women, these growths may develop inside the vagina, where they are hard to detect or can also develop on the lips of the vagina or around the anus.
In men, they usually appear on the penis, the scrotum or around the anus. Very rarely, growths can be found in the mouth or the throat.
Depending on the type of HPV, some women have infections that cause abnormal cell growth (dysplasia) on the female cervix. A woman may only find out she has HPV when her annual Pap smear results indicate abnormal cervical cell changes.
Incorporate foods into your diet that help clear the HPV virus from your body. The HPV virus causes cancer by the inflammation caused by persistent infection. Phytochemicals and vitamins that have been shown to hasten clearance in reputable studies and foods that contain them include:
Lutein - spinach, kale, turnips, mustard and collard greens
Vitamin C - oranges, grapefruit, peachesVitamin A - carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, spinachLycopene - tomato products (especially sauces), watermelon
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