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Cervical Cancer

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Liz Lounsbury

Cervical Cancer

As women not only can our attitudes towards the choices we make in everyday

life effect our over all health they also either raise or lower the risk of cervical cancer

diagnosis. Many people think that casual sex is not a big deal, but this belief is very

dangerous to reproductive health not just over all health. According to the Center for

Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nearly all cervical cancers are caused by Human

papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that causes genital warts as

which in itself is abnormal reproduction of epithelial tissue. As the number of sexual

partners increases so does the risk of contracting STD’s. In general women with lower

numbers of sexual partners tend to be the least likely to be diagnosed with cervical

cancer.

Now just because a person may not have many partners the attitude of casual is

is not forgotten, the choice to use protection must also be considered. Unprotected sex

also increases the risk of STD transmission all it takes is one infected partner. The

importance of going with your partner to be tested for and diseases that may be sexually

transmitted before copulation is important as well because not all Std’s can be prevented by condom use.
"Center For Disease Control And Prevention" (n.d), “Genital ulcer diseases and HPV infections can occur in both male and female genital areas that are covered or protected by a latex condom, as well as in areas that are not covered. Consistent and correct use of latex condoms reduces the risk of genital herpes, syphilis, and chancroid only when the infected area or site of potential exposure is protected. Condom use may reduce the risk for HPV infection and HPV-associated diseases (e.g., genital warts and cervical cancer).” (Genital ulcer dieases and HPV infections).

Along with being sexual aware of what is going on within both self and partner

women need need to educate them selves on how the reproductive systems grows and

and changes during child bearing times. The more children you have the more sensitive

these organs and their cells become to change. Age during the first child birth is also a

a risk factor. Female who become pregnant before the age of 18 increase chances of

cervical cancer due to the fact that the body may not yet be fully developed. The body

reproduces certain cells at increased rates during the process of reproduction causing

even the slightest number of cancerous cells oppertunity to take over and spread.

The use of birth control must also have a balance The American Cancer Society

reports that any chemical form of birth control used for more than five years at a time

can alter cells and cause mutations of these otherwise healthy cells. The opposite is

also true women who do not use chemical forms of birth control have lower numbers

of cervical cancer diagnosis.

Most people know how what you eat effects your health so if you are not conscience

of dietary intake this is a potential hazard that can lead to cervical cancer. Carcinogens

can be found in the foods we eat at all different levels. Ingredients like aspartame found

in many sweeteners used to replace sugar in many processed foods has recently been

as a carcinogen. Carcinogens do by definition cause cancers and feed existing cancers

in the body. By simply cutting down on processed foods and increasing the amount of

organically grown fruit and vegetables. Organic foods are unlikely to absorb carcinogens

since they are not chemically treated in any way. Studies done by Dr. Gerson in 1928 of

of peoples who lived in rural areas of the world that were completely devoid of processed

foods or even chemicals to treat...
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