Cervical cancer is a type of uterine cancer. It is a slow-growing malignant cancer which forms in the cells on the surface of the cervix. The cervix is located in the pelvic area and is actually the lower part of the uterus which connects the uterus to the vagina (birth canal).
There are two main types of cancerous cells in cervical cancer.
Squamous cell carcinomas: 80 to 90 percent of all cervical cancers are squamous cell carcinomas. These begin in the thin skin-like cells that line the bottom of the cervix.
Adenocarcinomas: 10 to 20 percent of cervical cancers are Adenocarcinomas. These begin in the glandular cells that line the upper part of the cervix.
Symptoms may not appear until the later stages of the cancer, but abnormal or pre-cancerous cells can be detected with a pap smear before the cancer occurs.
Cervical cancer is most commonly found amongst younger women, and is usually the result of the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus is spread through sexual contact and can survive in the body for years before it causes cancer to form.
A new cancer vaccine against the HPV virus is available, and young girls, and women all across the country are encouraged by medical professionals to get it. This vaccine promises protection against this virus, and it is estimated by 2022 there will be a great decline in cervical cancers due to this new vaccine. (But who knows what the side-effects are, or what other worse diseases will rise up because of it).
What are the risk factors and who is at risk?
Studies have shown that young girls who engage in sexual activity at a young age (under 18), are more prone to develop this cancer. This is because the cells in the body have not matured enough, and therefore are more prone to disease and viruses.
Those who have or have had numerous sex partners, or have a partner who has had numerous other partners. The larger the number, the greater the risk.
Those with other sexually transmitted diseases (STD), are also more prone to developing cervical cancer.
Tampons and condoms also play a role in causing this cancer.
Cigarette smoke increases the risk of precancerous cells to form, and it also weakens the immune system.
Women who have many children.
Those who use birth control pills.
Those who have a weak immune system.
It is interesting to note that cervical cancer rarely ever occurs in nuns, simply because of their lifestyle.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms do not normally occur in the early stages, but the following may occur in the more advanced stages of the cancer.
Pelvic pains which can be dull or sharp pains and can last for hours.
A vaginal discharge may also occur, and may be foul smelling, thick, and may contain mucus or blood.
Leaking of urine or feces from vagina.
Bleeding in between periods, or after menopause. This can be heavy or light bleeding.
Bleeding after intercourse.
Pain during intercourse.
Pain or heavy bleeding while menstruating.
Pain during urinating can occur if cancer has spread to the bladder.
Loss of appetite, which can lead to weight loss.
Other symptoms may include fatigue, back pain, leg pain, a single swollen leg, and easy fracturing of the bones.
What are the stages of cervical cancer?
Cervical cancer if not stopped, will spread to other areas such as the uterus, bladder, abdomen, lungs and other organs. Basically there are 5 stages of this cancer, and they usually are numbered 0-4.
Stage 0.) At this stage the cancer cells exist only on the surface of the cervix, and have not begun to spread into the deeper tissues.
Stage 1.) The cancer still remains in the cervix, but the cells have begun to spread into the deeper tissues.
Stage 2.) The cancer has begun to spread to the surrounding tissues of the cervix, and possibly the upper part of the vagina.
Stage 3.) The cancer is starting to spread outside of the cervix. It either spreads down and into the vagina, and into the muscles that line the lower pelvic wall. Or it spreads up towards the bladder where it can block the flow of urine coming from the kidneys and draining into the bladder.
Stage 4.) The cancer is spreading to the rest of the body, the uterus, and vital organs.
What are the treatments?
During conventional treatments a cone biopsy is usually done at stage 0; chemotherapy and radiation are used for stages 1-3; and if the cancer has developed into stage 4, then surgery as well as chemotherapy and radiation is used as treatment.
There are many natural treatments available for cervical cancer. Chinese Medicines, and Herbalism are both very effective in healing cervical cancer.
There are also many home remedies that can be taken to help stop the growth and even reverse the cancer.
Dandelion: A dandelion root tea made from the dried powder has been said to be an effective remedy.
Brazilian Pepper: Brazilian Pepper is also effective when extracted into a tea and taken several times per day.
Ethiopian pepper, Korean pepper, graviola, Indian mulberry, bitter gourd and spearmint are said to be effective against cancer. Other natural remedies include the use of Burr Marigold, Wolfberry, Brazil nuts, Luffah, Cat’s Claw, Neem Leaves and Neem Flowers, Muskmelon, Pine pollen, Rosemary, Ginkgo, Saffron, and Artichoke.
Building The Immune System
The most important thing that can be done when diagnosed with cervical cancer is to build up the immune system. If the immune system had not been down in the first place, the cancer most likely would not have formed.
In order to build the immune system back up, one must make some drastic changes within the diet. All animal fats and proteins must be eliminated, as well as all processed foods, refined sugars, and the majority of cooked foods.
A strict diet of raw fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts and seeds is very essential to helping restore the immune system so that the body will have the ability to heal itself from the cancer.
Drinking lots of fresh fruits and vegetable juices is also very beneficial.