Abnormal Pap Test?

The American College of Pathology states that four out of five women who die of cervical cancer had not had a Pap smear in the previous five years. According to Health Canada the highest incidence of cervical cancer and the highest death rates occur in women over the age of 65, a group that often stops having annual Pap tests. Pap smears save lives by discovering abnormal cells called cervical dysplasia early enough to prevent loss of life from cervical cancer. All adult women from the age of 18 should have an annual Pap test to ensure her cervix is healthy – but what can be done when the test comes back abnormal?

We know the main risk factors that promote abnormal cervical cells include: greater number of sexual partners, increasing age, infection with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) the virus that also causes warts, smoking, oral contraceptive use and nutritional deficiencies of folic acid, vitamin A and vitamin C.

We definitely do not want to ignore abnormal Pap tests. Too many women are advised they have an abnormal test result, told to come back in 6 months for another test and not given any suggestions how to get their cervical cells to return to normal. Yes, some abnormal cells return to normal with no treatment but what if simply taking a nutritional supplement containing vitamin A and C and folic acid could ensure a normal Pap? Every woman I know would take FemmEssentials multivitamin with minerals to help those cells revert to healthy cells.

We know that HPV is implicated in a large majority of cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer cases. New research has shown that a nutrient called Indole-3-carbinol can reverse abnormal cervical lesions before they have a chance to develop into cancer. In one study 30 women with CINII and CINIII cervical lesions took 200mg or 400mg of 13C daily. 50% in the treatment group had complete regression of their lesions. None of the placebo group had complete regression of their lesions. Indole-3-carbinol is available in a nutritional supplement called EstroSense in the dosages used in the study to reverse abnormal cells. EstroSense also contains other nutrients including D-glucarate, Rosemary containing carnosic acid, Milk thistle, lycopene, sulforaphane, tumeric and green tea all researched to help prevent female cancers and keep our estrogens from converting to cancer-causing estrogens. So you get the benefit of returning abnormal Pap tests to normal while helping to prevent female cancers.

Cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer can be prevented. Have your annual Pap smear and make sure your Mom has hers as well. Too many women over 60 are not having annual tests. Pap tests save lives! Take your multivitamin with minerals everyday and include Indole-3-carbinol (found in EstroSense). Let’s ensure we have normal Pap smears.

Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in the US noted that it only took three half-cup servings per week of broccoli, Brussel sprouts and cauliflower to decrease the risk of prostate cancer by 41%.

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