IUDs linked to a reduced risk of cervical cancer

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American researchers linked use of the coil to a "dramatic decrease" of a third in the incidence of cervical cancer. "It was not subtle at all", lead author Victoria Cortessis, an associate professor of clinical preventive medicine at Keck School, said in a statement. When an IUD is inserted, it triggers an immune response in the body that could "kick out" an HPV infection, she said. The data included almost 5,000 women who developed cervical cancer and just over 7,500 women who did not.

IUDs are T-shaped devices generally less than one inch (2.54 cm) long that are inserted into the uterus.

The cancer that forms in the cervix region of the female reproductive system is known as cervical cancer.

"One important conclusion that can be drawn from this study is that there is no associated increased risk of cervical cancer with IUD use", Sawaya said by email.

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"IUDs [intrauterine contraceptive devices] may cut the risk of cervical cancer by a third", reports The Guardian.

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"That becomes a significant factor to consider in evaluating results of this type of study", Lichtenfeld said. While The Guardian correctly reported that more research is needed to understand how IUDs work to protect against cancer, the Mail Online said "very strong evidence" was found that the IUD coil protects against cervical cancer and that the analysis "could not find any other reason" for this association.

The report was published online November 7 in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Around 528,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide in 2012 and 266,000 women died from the disease. In addition, increasing awareness among the general population about care, prevention and treatment of cervical cancer. "I would recommend the HPV vaccine for that; however, millions of women may benefit from the IUD for contraception and for the non-contraceptive benefits". Women in developed countries are not only more likely to have had the HPV vaccine, but they are also more likely to have better access to healthcare and have had regular cervical cancer screening.

"This new study allows us to now add another wonderful benefit, which includes reducing the risk of cervical cancer", Dr. Ross says.

"The findings are interesting and don't appear to be dependent on the type of IUD or the time it is being used", Dr Vollenhoven said. Omitting age at fitting is also problematic because the World Health Organization has found that age is a highly influential factor in HPV prevalence: the earlier a woman has the coil fitted, the greater the protection against HPV infection she may get.