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IUD contraception linked to lower cervical cancer risk

10 November 2017, 12:54 | Todd Saunders

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Even so, the results suggest it's worth continuing to research the potential for IUDs to help prevent cervical cancer, said Dr. Michelle Moniz, an obstetrics and gynecology researcher at the University of MI in Ann Arbor who wasn't involved in the study.

HPV screenings are the best proven method to guard against cervical cancer.

The theory is that the act of inserting the device may trigger a cellular response that acts against persistent HPV infections and pre-malignant cervical lesions.

She added: "A staggering number of women in the developing world are on the verge of entering the age range where the risk for cervical cancer is the highest - the 30s to the 60s".

"The results of our study are very exciting". All of the studies contained data on the individual women, their IUD use and their history of cervical cancer. "Cervical cancer protection would be more icing on the cake of a great contraceptive choice".

The study was carried out by researchers at the University of Southern California. The best ways to reduce your risk of cervical cancer are to have the HPV vaccine if you are between 12 and 18 years old, stop smoking and attend cervical screening appointments.

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Cortessis agreed that confounding variables are a limitation of the meta-analysis.

Some believe the placement of the IUD causes an immune response in the cervix that helps the body ward off an HPV infection that could one day lead to cervical cancer. When the studies report consistent findings - in this case, a link between having an IUD and the risk of cervical cancer - a common association can be identified.

For the sake of these women, Cortessis said she's hopeful that clinical studies will confirm her analysis. In addition, complex tests that require many sampling instruments, need of trained pathologists & cytotechnicians, and need for continuous monitoring to obtain high-quality results are all major factors restraining the growth of the global cervical cancer therapies and diagnostics market.

"[The study] is unlikely to change clinical practice and women's opinions regarding IUD". The devices can be used for several years, and can prevent pregnancy by impeding the fertilization.

How Is The IUD Reducing The Incidence Of Cervical Cancer?

As HPV causes the majority of cases of cervical cancer in the United Kingdom, the NHS has offered the HPV vaccine to girls aged 12 to 18 since 2008. And more research is needed before gynecologists can begin recommending IUDs for protection against cervical cancer, Cortessis and other medical experts agreed. The immune system reacts over time to the foreign body of the IUD, and this immune response could also target the HPV, Cortessis said.

Dr Cortessis says a contraceptive that offers protection against cervical cancer could have a "profound" effect. If this infection is gone, then the cervical cancer chances also get smaller.

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