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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.

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May 16th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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