Study: IUDs Cut Cervical Cancer Risk
September 13, 2011 by USA Post
Study: IUDs Cut Cervical Cancer Risk, If you use a traditional copper IUD or the plastic version that releases the hormone progestin, according to a recent international study shows that both types of intrauterine devices (IUDs) may reduce a woman’s risk of cervical cancer. Data were collected from 10 previously published studies that compare women with cervical cancer to women without the disease as well as data from 16 surveys frequency of HPV in 14 countries.
IUD use is already associated with a reduced risk of endometrial cancer, but research found that women who use this T-shaped device, at least a year was almost half the risk of developing cervical cancer than women who had never used one. This includes the two main types of cervical cancer known as squamous cell and adenosquamous carcinoma, which is caused by infection with human papillomavirus sexually transmitted infections (HPV).
Researchers are not exactly sure how this little stick the size of IUD can help prevent cervical cancer. Since it hangs into the uterus, the constant low-grade inflammation near the cervix may encourage the immune system to fight HPV, preventing virus replication.
This is great news for women who use an IUD or who think that preventing pregnancy, but these devices are not the best method to prevent cervical cancer. The use of condoms and vaccines to protect against human papillomavirus, as well as the scheduling of regular Pap tests with your gynecologist are first on the list when it comes to cervical cancer prevention.
Are you overdue for a Pap test? If so, here’s your reminder to make an appointment!
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