IUD Device Could Cut Cervical Cancer Risks Explains Dr. David Samadi

According to celebrity urologist, Dr. David Samadi, a woman’s birth control could help decrease the risk of cancer. Women who use T-shaped spiral IUDs have at least a half risk of developing cervical cancer , compared to women who have never used this contraceptive device. In fact, Epidemiological studies have already shown that there is a consistent reduction in endometrial cancer with the use of the spiral IUD.

When compared to women who have never used the spiral IUD as a method of contraception, with those who have used it, even for short periods, the latter have half the risk of running into cervical cancer.

The epidemiological study of 12,000 women showed that those who used the spiral device achieved a 45% reduction in the risk of cervical carcinoma, compared with those who had never used this system. Doctors say cervical cancers are predominately caused by the HPV virus. The IUD does not protect against infection with HPV, says Dr. David Samadi, but researchers say it can protect against the subsequent development into cancer.

Dr. Samadi points out that this data suggest that an IUD use could therefore act as a co-factor of protection against cervical cancer, but its still controversial.

IUDs are one of the most effective methods of birth control, and less than 1 in 100 women report becoming pregnant during the first year. This device reduces menstrual bleeding and cramps and, in many women, eventually causes menstrual periods to stop altogether. However, many women also point out the drawbacks like in 1 out of 1,000 women, the spiral will get stuck in or puncture the uterus, although this is rare.

Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer begins with abnormal changes in cervical tissue. The risk of developing these abnormal changes is associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. In addition, Dr. Samadi points out, early sexual contact, multiple sexual partners, and taking oral contraceptives (birth control pills) increase the risk of cervical cancer because they increase exposure to HPV.

Dr. Samadi says while there are different variations of the human papillomavirus virus, HPV found in the cervix can lead to cancer. The key to successful treatment and cures, Dr. Samadi points out, as with all cancers, is early diagnosis. Yearly medical appointments and pap smears are the best early detection methods, he says.

Dr. David Samadi is a fellowship-trained urologist, specializing in oncology urologic conditions. While his interest includes many forms of cancer and its complexity, his primary expertise is prostatectomy and minimally invasive surgeries. Dr. Samadi has published over 50 medical papers on urologic diseases, and has been honored with more than 30 awards.

He is a Fox News medical correspondent, has a AM Radio show, and hosts a featured segment on Sunday afternoons at 12:30pm called “Sunday Housecall.”

For details: www.crunchbase.com/person/dr-david-samadi


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