June 12, 2012

New Research Sheds Light on Old

1 Old Technique May Prevent Cervical Cancer

Researchers have found that a technique started in the early 1920s in which abnormal cells of the cervix were cauterized likely played a role in significantly reducing the likelihood of the over 6,000 women developing cervical cancer. Those cells are believed to have been stem cells that become cancer cells when infected with human papilloma virus (HPV) and reside in the opening of the cervix. After childbirth, women with abnormal cells had them destroyed by an electric current and only one woman who was treated developed a lesion. The knowledge of this technique and its benefits was passed down through a few doctors for a few decades. This technique would be beneficial in parts of the world where women do not have easy access to regular Pap smears and the cervical cancer vaccine.

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: IUDs Tied to Lower Cervical Cancer Risk

Tags: Cervical Cancer, HPV, Human Papilloma Virus, Cancer Stem Cells, Cauterization, Abnormal Lesions of the Cervix

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