(Vocus) November 16, 2010
Cervical cancer is most often detected through pap smears. Cervical cancer usually develops with no outward symptoms. Unlike most cancers that develop later in life, cervical cancer is most prevalent in women under 50. Somewhere between 11,000-12,000 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year, with approximately 11 women a day dying from the disease. Therefore, beginning at the age women become sexually active or age 18, it is important to visit a gynecologist annually for a pap smear. There are several factors, however, that may increase a woman’s risk factor for developing cervical cancer:
2. Diet. Diets low in fruits, vegetables and lean proteins and high in sugars may create a more conducive atmosphere for cancer to grow.
3. Age of first sexual encounter. Women who engage in sexual activity under age 16 are more likely to develop cervical cancer.
4. Certain strains of HPV. HPV is a virus carried by millions of Americans. However, only certain strains of HPV may lead to cervical cancer, therefore it is crucial to get an annual pap smear.
5. Weakened immune system. Those with a weakened immune system because of other illnesses, such as HIV, are more likely to develop cervical cancer.
6. Oral contraceptives. While oral contraceptives have not definitively been linked to cervical cancer, it is believe that women who have taken oral contraceptives in excess of five years may increase their odds for cervical cancer.
7. Economics. Women of lower economic means are less likely to have annual pap smears to catch cervical cancer before it becomes widespread or fatal.
“Cervical cancer is one of those frustrating cancers,” says Clint Ethington of Doctor Finders. “If detected early enough, the likelihood of fatalities significantly decreases, however because cervical cancer often has no symptoms until later stages, many women don’t know there is a problem. Getting an annual pap smear is the most effective way to help detect early cell changes.”
Doctor Finders offers extensive doctor listings (including a wide variety of specialists) for patients. The online database is searchable by treatment, product, zip code, physician name, clinic name, practice, city, state, etc. Doctors included in the database include: pediatricians, family practitioners, cardiac surgeons, dermatologists, endocrinologists, anesthesiologists, clinical psychologists, cosmetic surgeons, bariatric surgeons, ophthalmologists, sleep medicine specialists, podiatrists, anatomic pathologists, medical geneticists, gynecologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, allergists and immunologists, etc.
To get further information on Doctor Finders or to get information for searching the online directory of doctors get in touch with Clint Ethington:
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