Friday, November 20, 2009

Now It's Cervical Cancer!

I just heard this morning that  the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is recommending that women should start cervical cancer screening at age 21,  and not sooner,  as it now is.  Originally, Pap smear tests were recommended for teenagers who were sexually active, but that is no longer recommended.  This comes upon the heels of the controversial mammogram guidelines.  To read the full article please click on the following link Cervical Cancer Guideline Changes.

I must say I was surprised by this one, as cervical cancer poses a real threat to sexually active women.  Cervical cancer is caused from the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).  Infection from this virus can lead to cervical cancer in sexually active women.  In non-sexually active women, the body's immune system is usually sufficient enough to conteract the effects of this virus.

Here is the thing.  Those of us who practice sacred Biblical sexuality have little to fear from HPV.  The typical profile of a person with cervical cancer is one who is female, sexually active with multiple partners, and who may have started to have sex at a relatively young age, such as in their teens.  Biblical sexuality condemns 'harlotry', and by harlotry I do not mean being a prostitute.  In the Bible, harlotry means someone who sleeps around with many lovers, "but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers"(Jeremiah 3:1). 

The reality is that we cannot totally depend upon health insurance or the health care system to bail us out of our many ailments.  There are times when health insurance simply just does not want to pay, and my suspicion is that there is a fear that with 'free health insurance' people will not want to take responsibility for their own health.  Ahh... the politics of it all.  At any rate, depending on health care providers to keep you healthy when you can help yourself does, and can overwhelm the system.  As a health care provider myself, I DO make a living when people are sick, but sometimes people come into the hospital with medical conditions that are incurable, because they did not take the appropriate measures when the disease was curable or manageable, and some illnesses are highly preventable, such as cervical cancer.

If we follow the Biblical guidelines for sexuality, we will reap the rewards of good health and long life, and a satisfying relationship with our mate and God.

My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee (Proverbs 3:1-2).


Daughter of Wisdom said...

As was said in the previous post, cancer represents something eating out the soul and robbing it of vitality.

The cervix is that 'door' that opens the womb so that new life can flow out of the womb. It is the channel of life. Blood flows out through it during the menses, babies come through it during childbirth, and semen flows through it during sex.

Cancer of the cervix therefore represents something eating at and destroying the channel of life. People with cervix cancer therefore had difficulty valuing and appreciating life, whether it is their own life or someone else's life. There is a self-esteem issue.

The key to this is really prevention, and developing one's self-esteem, where you value yourself as one who is precious and of worth in the sight of God. If you truly value yourself, then you won't allow your body, which is the temple of God, to be
'used' recreationally by men.

The following affirmation is good to repeat.

"I am valuable to God, and I save myself for that special person who will love me and value me, as God wants me to be loved and valued."


Elena said...

Interestingly a good friend of mine got cervical cancer because her husband was the promiscuous one, even though he came to Christ just before their marriage.

Also, a friend of mine with breast cancer has been getting mammograms since her 30s, just found a malignancy at age 49. Told her it had been there at least 10 years.

I don't know what to think of this stuff but it sure makes all the cut and dry rules seem not so cut and dry any more.

Daughter of Wisdom said...


Sorry to hear about your friend, but there is strong link between cervical cancer and promiscuity. If your spouse is promiscuous and you are monogamous, it is just as if you are promiscuous too.

Sorry about your friend with breast cancer. As I said in my previous post, breasts need pampering in order to stay healthy. It does not mean cancer cannot occur, because cancer is a complex disease of many causes, and I don't know if your friend pampered her breasts. What I do know however is that breasts need to be pampered because that is how God created them to be.