Cervical cancer prevention

Cervical cancer prevention is a great example of how prevention is the best medicine, so they say. Of course, they usually say it as a joke, but in this disease, it is really true. There are ways to prevent it.

For parents who want to talk to their children about HPV, the place to start is a discussion about abstinence. There, I said it. Children approaching their teenage years need to hear not just about birth control, but they need to hear about abstinence.

It also means that they need to learn that abstinence also includes avoiding some types of foreplay because HPV is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact.

Another way that doctors will recommend for cervical cancer prevention is to get the HPV or cervical cancer shot, Gardasil or Cervarix. It may protect you against some of the worst strains of HPV, but not all of them, and there are some serious adverse effects from the vaccine.  I am not recommending any of the vaccines.

If you're reading this because you already have HPV or cervical cancer, then what you need to know is how to take care of yourself so that your immune system takes control of HPV. So what can be done?

Boost your immune system.

Remember, the reason why cervical cancer is not more common is due to your own immune system putting HPV in hibernation. So taking care of your immune system will help it take care of you.

And since almost 50% of cervical cancer cases are in women who have never had a Pap smear and pelvic exam, go for regular exams! Don't avoid a pelvic exam and Pap smear because it's uncomfortable--it's once a year for otherwise healthy women, and it's the best prevention around.

In general, eating healthier by eating better quality food, decreasing sugar, taking the right supplements, exercising moderately, getting more sleep, eating better and decreasing stress in your life will do a lot for your immune system.

Optimizing your health by avoiding bad chemicals in your home and in your personal products is also important. They affect your normal body functions, and they may weaken your immune system.

The added benefit is that not only will you do a lot to help stop cervical cancer from happening to you, but your overall health will improve.

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