Saturday, November 18, 2017

IUDs may protect against cervical cancer

CANCER DIGEST – Nov. 17, 2017 – Use of intrauterine devices or IUDs to prevent pregnancy may also prevent cervical cancer, a new study from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine shows.

An analysis of data from 16 observational studies involving more than 12,000 women worldwide showed that women using an IUD, experienced cervical cancer one-third less often compared to those who didn’t use the devices.


The systematic review, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology on Nov. 7, is the first to combine data from multiple studies on IUDs and cervical cancer.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 528,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide in 2012, and 266,000 women died from the disease.

Some scientists speculate that the placement of an IUD stimulates an immune response in the cervix, giving the body an opportunity to fight an existing HPV infection that could one day lead to cervical cancer.


For women in developing countries, where cervical cancer prevention resources such as the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine or regular cervical screenings are scarce, a contraceptive that offers protection against cervical cancer could have a profound effect.

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