Cervical cancer is one of the most common gynecological cancers. The American Cancer Society estimates that
Up to 99.7% of cervical cancer cases result from human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. This viral infection causes abnormal changes in the cervix, leading to
Doctors can diagnose cervical cancer during routine health exams such as
In addition to regular Pap smears and HPV tests, there are three
Other factors that
Diet and nutrition play a
In fact, proper nutrition helps optimize the immune system, which in turn eliminates HPV and helps the body react against cancerous tumors.
However, research on the role of diet and nutrition in preventing or reducing the risk of developing cervical cancer has focused on antioxidant nutrients and
Diets with high inflammatory potential – much like the Western-style diet – are associated with the development of cervical cancer, especially in women who have HPV infection and a sedentary lifestyle.
A Western diet – which is generally high in saturated and trans fats, added sugars and sodium – would increase
On the other hand, adhering to a Mediterranean-style diet—high in fruits, vegetables, peas or beans, healthy fats, and fish—
The taking of
Additionally, nutrients like folate,
Each of these antioxidant nutrients plays various
Therefore, it is best to focus on overall eating habits and not just individual nutrients.
A daily increase of 100 grams (g) of fruit, the equivalent of one cup of cranberries, was associated with a reduced risk of cervical cancer. Similarly, a daily increase of 100 g of vegetables has a similar effect.
Adopt a diet similar to the Mediterranean diet
A person could eat more:
- fruits and vegetables, emphasizing a variety of colors and textures
- complex carbohydrates, such as whole-grain rice, pasta, bread, and couscous
- nuts, seeds, and olive oils, which are healthy, unsaturated fats, to replace saturated and trans fats
- herbs and spices, such as onion and garlic, while limiting added sodium
- low-fat dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt
- legumes such as peas, lentils, and beans, including chickpeas and kidney beans
In addition to maintaining a balanced and nutritious diet, daily use of a multivitamin supplement in women with HPV is
Foods with high inflammatory potential are associated with an increased risk of cervical cancer.
The “fast food culture” of the Western diet, characterized by processed foods low in dietary fiber and high in added sugars, increases inflammation and is
So, foods to limit or avoid include:
- foods high in added sugar
- processed meats such as deli meats
- red meats
- foods high in saturated and trans fats
The excessive consumption of
Limit the consumption of
Natural, plant-based sources of saturated and trans fats did not negatively impact cancer risk.
Pro-inflammatory foods upset the balance
There are several natural home remedies that promise to treat or cure cervical cancer without medical intervention.
Some natural practices – like drinking
Always consult your medical oncology team to determine the best treatment options.
Cervical cancer is one of the most common gynecological cancers. HPV infection causes 99.7% of cases.
There is a clear link between diet and nutrition, the progression of HPV infection and the later development of cervical cancer.
The fast-food culture of the Western diet—characterized by processed foods, red meats, low dietary fiber, and high in added sugar—is pro-inflammatory and associated with an increased risk of cervical cancer of the uterus.
Research suggests that antioxidant nutrients such as carotenoids, vitamins A, C, E, D and folate – all found primarily in a Mediterranean-type diet – can prevent or reduce HPV infection and, by extension, the development of cervical cancer.
Limit pro-inflammatory foods and increase fruits and vegetables, which are rich in antioxidant nutrients, to reduce the risk of cervical cancer.
Avoid replacing proper medical intervention and treatment with natural home remedies to manage cervical cancer. Consult your medical oncology team for the best treatment options.