Cervical Dysplasia - Preventable Disease
Cervical dysplasia is a term used to describe the appearance of abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix, the lowest part of the uterus. These changes in cervical tissue are classified as mild, moderate, or severe. While dysplasia itself does not cause health problems, it is considered to be a precancerous condition. Left untreated, dysplasia sometimes progresses to an early form of cancer known as cervical carcinoma in situ, and eventually to invasive cervical cancer.
Cervical dysplasia is an excellent example of what preventative medicine can accomplish because in almost all cases, it is a preventable disease. Through lifestyle habits, dietary factors, nutritional supplementation, and regular PAP smears, most all cases of cervical dysplasia and its consequence, cervical cancer, can be avoided.
Naturopathic medicine’s perspective on cervical dysplasia is consistent with conventional medicine’s understanding that the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) causes virtually all cases and that this virus is sexually transmitted. More than half of all cancers are caused by HPV type 16. The odds that a sexually active woman will be infected at least once in her lifetime with HPV are approximately 80 percent. Many cofactors serve as co-carcinogens in its development such as smoking, nutrient deficiencies, possibly oral contraceptives, and immune deficiency. Where natural medicine diverges in its approach is in the attention to advising patients about what they can do about these cofactors. In addition, there are nutrients that can be used in supplement form both to prevent the progression of cervical dysplasia to cervical cancer and reverse dysplasia to normal.
Cervical dysplasia is both a local problem involving the local immunity and health of the cervical tissue and a systemic problem involving general immune health and resistance to viral exposure.
The overriding goals of natural treatments are to reduce exposure to HPV, reduce cofactors (smoking), correct nutrient deficiencies specific to the incidence of dysplasias, improve local immune response, strengthen general immune health, and prevent progression to cervical cancer.
If you have been diagnosed with cervical dysplasia and would like to both address the underlying cause and prevent progression to cervical cancer through a comprehensive treatment plan, contact the office at (415) 785-3347 to make an appointment with Dr. Miller, ND. She is a medically trained naturopathic doctor who specializes in natural medicine, has experience successfully treating patients with cervical dysplasia, and is uniquely qualified to combine the latest medical science with the use of less toxic, non-invasive therapies.