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Lupus Is A Risk Factor For Cervical Cancer & Immunosuppressant Drugs Make It Even Worse

Some 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, and a little over 4,000 die from the disease. Many more will be spared, thanks to regular screening and early detection. Women with certain risk factors should be especially diligent about getting checked out regularly — it’s known that those with many sexual partners, a family history of cervical cancer, and human papilloma virus should take special care to get screened. Now, researchers have confirmed that lupus should be added to that list.

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I wonder if our depressed immune system with lupus Alone makes the risk of cervical cancer higher or if the immune suppressing meds that most SLE patients get on causes it. The combination of disease/drugs would probably be synergistic. Patrick
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well, you're the doc patrick, but we always thought the opposite of our immune system to be true, that it wasn't depressed, that it was in fact, too damn happy ! (that is to say, overactive, or unnecessarily active at least, just like any allergic reaction)

that said, the 2nd graphs reads: ... the study found that women suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) have double the chance of premalignant cervical changes and potentially increased risk of cervical cancer compared to the general female population.

Women taking immunosuppressant drugs for their SLE had even higher risks.

so there does appear to be something inherent...which isn't news, they've long known SLE ups many types of cancer risks, sadly.

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thanks for the great info, as always, DBBD.  screening is very important.

My sister and I get mammo's every year....our Mom had breast cancer at 83 years old.....poor thing.  

as for cervical.......well.....this bun has no oven    !!
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I agree, thank you Anthony for looking into the article, which I was too lazy to do, but more importantly spreading the word. All the more reason to try UVA1 therapy which I am getting more and more interested in.
   I do not know if you were asking me a question but I am always too happy to try to answer. The person with the wonderful autoimmune system sort of expends a lot of it's energy attacking our own bodies and so makes it too weak to fight off the bad stuff like cancer cells, bacteria, etc. So if I contracted that recent "less deadly" Ebola virus strain I would likely have No chance of survival, even with whatever they treated the survivors with at the NIH.
    That is the cruel irony of lupus Big Pharma, which gives us meds that depress the entire immune system which is weak to begin with. I would think with all the knowledge they have of the human genome and the immune system the drug industry could come up with something better than Benlysta. Which when we had that discussion, I think 11 persons had to be treated to get even moderate improvement in one patient. That would not work for the military. Patrick

Twice the risk that is really high risk

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Benlysta... I think 11 persons had to be treated to get even moderate improvement in one patient. That would not work for the military. Patrick


our armed forces would be well-served by using the 'UVA1 protocol'

not saying they'd safe enough to fund any military covert activies they deem necessary, but every little bit helps, no?

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I agree. That reminds me of the person who wanted to join the military but had lupus and you were exactly right. My army son was here and read your post and said they would/could not discharge the already high numbers, but he would not let me respond to confirm that there is no way to join. I felt sorry for that young person, at least we had a chance to have a career.  He watches over this sick old dude but won't write the Rx, but I can put more pressure on him.
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According to both my pcp and rheumy, it is our depressed immune systems that raise our risk of cervical cancer. What should be a simple test sometimes is anything but simple.
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