The main risk factors that contribute to cervical dysplasia are: increased sexual partners, smoking, deficiencies in folic acid and the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
HPV can cause venereal warts and is associated with abnormal pap smears. It is thought that about 75% of women will have a genital HPV infection at some point in their lives. Usually, woman exposed to HPV do not develop warts of dysplasia. And only certain strains of HPV can cause cervical cancer (Most women that acquire the HPV virus do not develop cancer). According to Health Canada, the highest incidence of cervical cancer occurs in woman over the age of 65, once they stop having annual PAP tests.
However, research has shown that we can reverse abnormal cervical cells before they turn into cancer! If you, or someone you know has had an abnormal PAP test, here are some helpful ways to get those cells healthy again:
-Folic Acid- reverses mild dysplasia
-Indole 3- carbinol- Stops healthy estrogen from converting to the cancer causing form
-Vitamin C-improves immunity
-Beta Carotene- helps tissues and strengthens immune system
-Vitamin B6- supports immune system
-Vitamin B12-supports immune system
-Vitamin E mixed tocopherols -promotes tissue healing
-Selenium -activates immunity
-Green Tea- protects against abnormal cell growth
-Eat cooked tomato sauce a few times a week for protective lycopene, an antioxidant along with olive oil to improve its absorption
-Eat foods high in folic acid (brewers yeast, black eyed pees, lentils, lima beans, freshly squeezed orange juice, kidney beans, romaine lettuce, dandelion greens and leeks.
Stop Smoking!!!! Smoking increases the risk of cervical dysplasia and cancer up to FOUR times. Carcinogens in cigarette smoke concentrate in cervical mucosa at levels 10-20 times higher than in the blood. Smoking also depletes vitamin C, which therefore decreases your immunity!!
Remember to get your annual PAP test every year and think positive- your mind can influence the way your body heals.
Kaur, Sat Dharam, ND 2010
Northrup, Christine, 2003
Vanderhaeghe, Lorna, MD 2007
A schematic drawing of a posterior view of the cervix, uterus, fallopian tube, and ovary.
(Redrawn from Clemente CD: Anatomy: A Regional Atlas of the Human Body, 3rd ed. Baltimore-Munich, Urban & Schwarzenberg, 1987.)