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Herbal medicine for cervical cancer

Description

Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women. Women between the ages of 30 and 55 have the highest incidence of cervical cancer. Women who have had sexually transmitted diseases, and those who have had many pregnancies beginning at a young age are at greatest risk. If you smoke, stop. Smoking is a suspected risk factor for cervical cancer. Get a yearly pelvic exam and Pap test is the only way to detect cervical cancer. The Pap test can detect malignant cells before symptoms are present.

Fortunately, cervical cancer develops slowly. If diagnosed early, when cancer is still confined to the outermost layers of cervical tissue, cervical cancer has a cure rate of almost 100 percent. Even in more advanced cases, when the cancer spreads deeper into the wall of the cervix, the chances of recovery are good. On the other hand, if the cancer is allowed to spread to other organs, the prognosis is not so good.

Signs and symptoms

Cervical cancer at an early stage is usually asymptomatic. Later, the most common symptoms are:

Vaginal bleeding after intercourse, between periods or after menopause

Bloody vaginal discharge

Conventional medical treatment

If you notice any unexplained bleeding or discharge, see your gynecologist immediately, who performs a pelvic exam and Pap smear. If the Pap smear reveals abnormalities, your doctor examines your cervix closely (with a device called a colposcope) and takes a tissue sample to check for malignant cells. If cancer is confirmed, your doctor may take X-rays to determine if the cancer has spread to one of the surrounding organs.

Cervical cancer treatment depends on what stage is in. If caught early, laser surgery, freezing or cautery can be used to remove malignant cells from the outer layer of fabric. If the cancer has advanced into the uterine wall, radiation may be performed. (See “Conventional Medical Treatment” in the “Bladder Cancer” entry for more information about radiotherapy.) Your doctor also may recommend a hysterectomy, an operation that involves removing the cervix and uterus.

Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture can be used as adjunctive therapy in the early stages of cervical cancer of the uterus to stimulate the body’s immune system and improve the flow of chi in the diseased cells.

Acupressure Acupressure can be helpful in relieving the pain of cervical cancer and stomach upset caused by conventional treatments.

Chinese Herbal Therapy Garlic has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, while promoting healthy cell production, which could explain the popularity of this herb in the prevention and treatment of all cancers including cervix.

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