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Which doctor is best for cervical cancer, male or female?

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2013-11-11 17:23

All women share deep fears of getting cervical cancer. The best approaches to such a potentially devastating form of cancer are clearly prevention and early treatment. A healthy lifestyle with daily exercise and adherence to safe sexual practices along with good nutrition are advisable. Furthermore, recent research shows that there is a difference in the likelihood for screening low-risk women for cervical cancer between female and male doctors.

Most cervical cancers are caused by HPV

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention writes that just about all cervical cancers have been found to be caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a common virus which can be passed from one person to another during sex. There are many types of HPV. HPV is very common with most people getting it at some time during their lives. There are usually no symptoms with HPV and so testing is important. Reporting on HPV testing, EmaxHealth reporter Tim Boyer reviews the thoughts of Dr. Oz dealing with the lesser-known facts of HPV and pap smear testing.

Other things which can increase your risk of cervical cancer include:

1: Smoking

2: Having HIV or another condition that makes it hard for your body to
fight off health problems

3: Using birth control pills for a long time (five or more years)

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4: Having given birth to three or more children.

5: Having several sexual partners.

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Comments

Interesting that there is a disconnect between physician genders.

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