Cervical Cancer

What Causes Cervical Cancer?

In order to deal properly with cervical cancer we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow cervical cancer to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind cervical cancer consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to cervical cancer.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Cigarette Smoke Damage
  • Human Papilloma Virus

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
smoking over a pack a day
secondhand smoke exposure
much reduced sense of smell
human papilloma virus
recently quitting smoking
genital growths
recent moderate tobacco smoking
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of cervical cancer:
Cause Probability Status
Cigarette Smoke Damage 91% Confirm
Human Papilloma Virus 51% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate cancer, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you suffered from Cervical Cancer?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Yes, resolved with total hysterectomy
→ Yes, resolved with local surgery/radiation/drugs
→ Yes, resolved through natural means only
→ Current problem needing treatment
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of cervical cancer or cervical cancer, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Cigarette Smoke Damage

Cigarette smoking accounts for approximately 30% of cervical cancers deaths in the USA, with women smokers having a two-fold increase in the incidence of this disease over never-smokers.  Cessation appears to have an immediate effect, with former smokers having no increased risk of developing cervical cancer.

A 9-year prospective study of over 6,000 women found a dose-response relationship between smoking cigarettes and the risk of cervical cancer.  Those who smoked 15 or more cigarettes per day were 80% more likely to develop cancer or precancerous lesions than nonsmokers.  Those who smoked for 10 or more years were 80% more likely to develop cancer.  Starting smoking younger than age 16 produced twice the risk of nonsmokers for developing cervical pathology.  Smoking is one co-factor that makes HPV-infected cells more likely to turn cancerous.

HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)

HPV confers a very high risk of developing cervical cancer; all cases of cervical cancer are positive for HPV.  Cervical cancer is the first major solid tumor cancer to be identified as being caused by a virus.

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