IUDS AND CANCER
CAN IUDS REDUCE CANCER RISK? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Intrauterine devices or IUDs have re-emerged in recent years as a practical and effective contraceptive for many women. Now a new study has found that they actually decrease a woman's chance of developing cervical cancer. William Nelson, director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, speculates on why.
NELSON: What was found in this study was that women who were carriers of IUDs had a decreased risk of cervical cancer. One thought was that this might be related to the women who get IUDs. Might they have different risks for being infected with human papilloma virus which we know is the cause of cervical cancer? And to their surprise what they found was that having an IUD did not change the risk that a woman would become infected with HPV, that was related to her behaviors. But it did change the chance that one of these HPV infected collections of cells would grow into cervical cancer. :35
At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.