A report from the National Cancer Institute shows that women with elevated blood levels of homocysteine are at higher risk for cervical cancer.

How can this be? Virtually all cases of cervical cancer are caused by the human papilloma wart virus that causes venereal warts and is usually transmitted sexually. High blood levels of homocysteine are caused by lack of three vitamins, B12, folic acid or pyridoxine. Almost 50 percent of sexually active women are infected with the human papilloma wart virus, but only one in 250 goes on to develop cervical cancer. Evidently the ones who are most likely to develop cervical cancer from the wart virus are those who lack folic acid, which is found abundantly in most vegetables, particularly leafy greens and whole grains. So when a girl's mother tells her to eat lots of leafy green vegetables, she's helping to protect her from developing cervical cancer. See report #7745.

Elevated serum homocysteine levels and increased risk of invasive cervical cancer in US women. Cancer Causes & Control, 2001, Vol 12, Iss 4, pp 317-324. SJ Weinstein, RG Ziegler, J Selhub, TR Fears, HD Strickler, LA Brinton, RF Hamman, RS Levine, K Mallin, PD StolleyAddress Ziegler RG, NCI, Div Canc Epidemiol & Genet, NIH, 6120 Execut Blvd, MSC 7246, Bethesda,MD 20892 USA

Checked 9/3/05

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