Not sure if anyone has posted this before but I found it interesting. I read it on the blog of the author of the book, "Avoiding cancer one day at a time" by Lynne Eldridge, MD. http://www.avoidcancernow.com/
Also interesting is the mention about a study concerning tampon use.
Cervical Cancer Prevention: HPV Diet
The HPV vaccine may offer a method of preventing cervical cancer, but what about those that have already been infected with high-risk strains of HPV? What about those over the age of 26, for whom the vaccine is not approved? What about those aged 11 to 26 who receive the vaccine, but are infected with the cancer-causing strains of HPV not covered by the vaccine?
Unfortunately, the controversy over the vaccine has pushed information about other preventative measures to the sidelines. What are these measures?
First of course, is having regular Pap smears and following up on any abnormalities. Pap smears can save lives.
Secondly, try to incorporate foods into your Diet that have been shown to help clear the HPV virus from your body. The HPV virus causes cancer by the inflammation caused by persistent infection. Phytochemicals and vitamins that have been shown to hasten clearance in reputable studies and foods that contain them include:
Lutein/zeaxanthin - spinach, kale, turnips, mustard and collard greens
Beta-cryptoxanthin - papaya, pumpkins, red peppers, tangerines
Vitamin C - oranges, grapefruit, peaches
Vitamin A - carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, spinach
Lycopene - tomato products (especially sauces), watermelon
Thirdly, though it is less convenient, consider using sanitary napkins instead of tampons. In one study, using tampons slowed the clearance of the HPV virus.
For further information on HPV and cervical cancer, go to www.avoidcancernow.com and check out the excerpt on infection and cancer (Chapter five).