CHLAMYDIA CAUSES CERVICAL CANCER

Doctors have known for more than 30 years that the human wart virus causes cervical cancer, and now a study from Finland shows that another venereal disease called chlamydia also causes cervical cancer.

More than 50 percent of sexually active women have been infected with the human wart virus, but only one in 250 go on to develop cervical cancer. Smoking, lack of folic acid and not eating enough vegetables increase her risk for cervical cancer, but doctors didn't understand why so few women with the wart virus develop cervical cancer. This study shows that type G, D % I chlamydia also causes cervical cancer. A woman can be infected with the human wart virus or chlamydia and not have symptoms, but pain on intercourse, vaginal irritation, odor or discharge can be warning signs. Woman infected with the human wart virus should get yearly Pap smears and try to avoid getting type G chlamydia from further sexual contact.

JAMA. 2001; 285:47-51 (January 3, 2001)

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