Monday, February 18, 2008

Stress and Cervical Cancer?

Recent studies conducted by the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia have demonstrated that stress levels may play a key role in a woman's ability to clear HPV infection and that stress levels may thus play a key role in the development of precancerous cervical lesions and the potential development of cervical cancer. A questionnaire asking about perceived daily stress levels was distributed to 74 women who displayed precancerous cervical lesions. Those women who reported to having a stressful day-to-day life were more likely to have an impaired immune response to HPV and thus much more difficulty in mounting a response substantial enough to clear the infection.

1. less
2. de-stress!!! (exercise, sleep, etc.)

becca briggs

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