Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that affects women. This type of cancer is often detected during routine pap smears and tends to be slow-growing. It is usually caused by the human papilloma virus, which enters your body during sexual intercourse and spreads throughout your reproductive system. Symptoms may include a bloody vaginal discharge; irregular vaginal bleeding between menstrual periods, following sexual intercourse or during menopause; loss of appetite; severe fatigue; pelvic pain or back pain. Certain herbs and vitamins can help manage cervical cancer, ease cervical cancer symptoms and encourage healing.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that improves immune system function and protects your cervix from harmful free radicals that can cause precancerous and cancerous cells on the surface of your cervix, according to Tori Hudson, author of the book "Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine for Total Health and Wellness." Foods rich in vitamin A include:
- turkey liver
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Vitamin B-2, also known as riboflavin, is a water-soluble vitamin that prevents precancerous or cancerous cells from developing on your cervix, repairs damaged cervical tissues, decreases cervical and reproductive system inflammation, eradicates the human papilloma virus and lowers your risk of cervical dysplasia, abnormal cells on the surface of your cervix that can lead to cervical cancer in some women, according to the World Health Organization's book “Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Control: A Guide to Essential Practice.” Foods rich in vitamin B-2 include:
- fortified breakfast cereals
- sardines 2
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