The purpose of this research (1983-2010) was to examine the nutritional influences on the development of cervical neoplasia and thereby formulate a strategy for prevention. Articles retrieved from Ovid: Medline and Alt HealthWatch Databases were reviewed. The major topics of review include the role of micronutrients found in foods, herbs, and dietary supplements and their effects on cervical cancer. Results show that a significant body of research suggests that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may protect against cervical cancer. In addition, protective effects have specifically been observed for dietary and plasma nutrients including but not limited to folate, B 12, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E (tocopherols), lycopene, and fiber. However, many women in the United States are not currently meeting the USDA recommendations for intake of some of these nutrients. Physician may suggest to patients at risk for cervical cancer that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce their risk of disease. In addition, for patients who find such a diet challenging, physicians may recommend dietary supplementation to ensure patients' nutritional needs are being met. Additional research into the role of herbs in the prevention of cervical cancer is warranted.
- Cervical cancer
- Women's health