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IUDs may also prevent cervical cancer

by | September 13th, 2011

IUDs may also prevent cervical cancer

Doctors have long promoted IUDs, or intrauterine devices, as an effective way to prevent pregnancy. Now, in a finding that has surprised even the experts, research suggests that IUDs have an unexpected benefit: preventing cervical cancer.

According to research released Monday, who had used an IUD had almost half the risk of cervical cancer as other women. The international analysis, published in The Lancet Oncology, combined data from 26 studies with a total of more than 20,000 women.

Although doctors have known for some time that women who use IUDs have a lower risk of cancer of the lining of the uterus, researchers say they never suspected that the devices might protect against tumors of the cervix, says Xavier Castellsagué of Institut Català d’Oncologia in Barcelona, Spain. In fact, researchers believed IUDs might increase cervical cancer risk.

“These findings are excellent good news,” Castellsagué says.

By Liz Szabo, for original article, click here.

J. Kyle Mathews, MD

Plano OB Gyn Associates

Plano Urogynecology Associates


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Dr. J. Kyle Mathews is an expert in the field of Urogynecology, minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery, and reconstructive gynecologic surgery. Dr. Mathews is board certified and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the American College of Surgeons. With over two decades of experience, Dr. Mathews is one of the most experienced surgeons in north Texas.

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