Cancer of the cervix was the most common form of gynecological cancer until the Pap smear. Now cancer of the cervix takes second place to cancer of the uterus, but not by much.
Early intervention as a result of pap smear campaigns reduces the appearance of full blown cancer of the cervix by 20 per cent. Considering that pap smears detect 90 per cent of cervical cancers, pap smear campaigns have a long way to go.
The doctor’s inadequate technique is an ongoing problem with smear tests. One study in the United States shows that 88 per cent of samples taken by doctors were ineffective as anti cancer screens.
Early changes symptomatic of cancer of the cervix occur in a women’s second and third decade of life. In its life threatening capacity cancer of the cervix appears when a woman enters her fifth and sixth decade. In these women the cancer presents as a vaginal discharge or vaginal bleeding between the periods.
The cause of cancer of the cervix is still not clear. 90 per cent of cervical cancer cells display evidence of infection with the Herpes Type 2 virus. Even more common is the presence of the Human Papilloma Wart Virus (HPV). The concurrent presence of both viruses associated with the habit of cigarette smoking probably primes candidates for an early case of cervical cancer.
Detected in its early stages cancer of the cervix allows cure via cautery or cone biopsy. Detected in its later stages treatment begins with hysterectomy. When treated early with a cone biopsy 98 per cent of women contracting cervical cancer will live a further ten years.
Cancer of the cervix is another case for the regular use of condoms and avoiding cigarettes. The eradication of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and herpes is a difficult exercise. Moderate exercise, a good sleep pattern and dietetic enhancement of the immune system are all recommended interventions. Patchy studies indicate that zinc capsules and Lyceine have a part to play in the battle against the herpes virus.