The Relation Between Cervical Cancer and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
In a survey in U.S.A it was found that 40% of the women in the nation had clue or some kind of idea about the HPV (human papilloma virus). The rest were ignorant. This situation is alarming. Cancer is a term with which most people are familiar. But, how viruses that are transmitted through sexual contact are responsible for cancer is still unknown. Mainly women should be more aware and observe caution as they are at higher risk, when talking about cancer. Cervical cancer is one of the terrible results of sexually transmitted diseases.
Cervical cancer is a disease affecting women of the age group 9- 26 mainly. It starts by infecting the squamous epithelial tissues of the cervix of human female genitalia. In its extreme form it gets so large that it blocks the lower uterus segment. The lesions take a huge form. Unlike other sexually transmitted diseases cervical cancer can be caused due to many other factors. Smoking being one of the other factors, carcinogenic properties of tobacco can accelerate the formation of cancer in cervical area in women. Nutrition among women plays a significant role in prevention of cancer.
Consumption of some vegetable and fruits can weaken the factors that influence the disease. A lack of vitamin A can trigger the chances of cervical dysplasia. However, Vitamin A plays no role in reducing the chances to get infected by the HPV. Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid), vitamin E (Tocopherol), Folic acid, Carotenoids and CoQ10 on the other hand reduce the chances of being infected by the human papilloma virus.
Though less dangerous than endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer, it is still the 5th most dangerous cancer in women and 8th most dangerous cancer in U.S.A. In the year 2005 Australia exhibited 734 cases of cervical cancer. In U.K. it is considered the 12th most dangerous disease of the nation.
Judging by the initial scenario, cervical cancer was a disease that usually victimized the sex workers. Cervical cancer was earlier spread though sexual contact mainly. It was something absolutely rare among people who practiced celibacy. Since it was sexually transmitted, it was found to affect women who got married to men whose first wives died out of cervical cancer. After discovering a link between RPV (Rabbit papilloma virus) and skin cancer in rabbits, it was suspected for the first time that an agent that was being transmitted sexually, was responsible for the cervical cancer in women. This discovery was made in 1935. Not before 1980 did human papilloma virus catch attention.
The best and safest methods of preventing cervical cancer are therefore, avoiding consumption of carcinogenic food and abstinence from sex when the previous sexual life of your partner is not known.