Stress May Trigger Cervical Cancer

Feb 18, 2008
Feeling stressed was revealed to have a negative effect on woman's health being one of the causes to lead to cervical cancer, study says.

In a study conducted at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, 78 women who had abnormal Pap test results to check the changes in the cervix had questioned for their day to day stress levels and these results where compared to those of 28 women who had normal Pap test results. The findings showed that there is a distinctive link between the stress level and cervical cancer.

Women who experienced stress at the time of the study due to various reasons were more likely to have a weakened immune system response to HPV, one of the main causes for cervical cancer.

HPV are group of viruses that are usually spread through sexual contact. It is also known that in healthy women the infection goes away on its own. Most HPV infections have no signs or symptoms, which means that a person can pass the virus without knowing he or she has one.

Cervical cancer is one of the widely-spread cancers among women with almost 250, 000 women dying from this disease every year.

However, researchers say that it's too early to draw the conclusion about stress linked to cervical cancer as additional studies are necessary.

It is known that stress impairs health, having negative effect on a person's relationships, work and overall well-being.

According to the latest findings, almost 48 percent of people reported about the increase of stress over the past five years.