Dr. Filipa Godoy-Vitorino, Ph.D. discusses the importance of a healthy microbiome and discusses ways we can keep our microbiomes functioning properly in order to prevent diseases, such as cervical cancer.
What’s the Issue?
You are your microbiome. The billions of microbes that live on and inside each of us are critical for regulating and maintaining our health, whether in the gut, vagina, nose or on the skin. Malfunctioning microbiota can lead to issues related to development, obesity and cancer.
Decades of research suggest that disruption of the cervical microbiome is a major factor that puts women at risk of developing cervical cancer due to infection with high-risk human papilloma virus (HPV). Cervical cancer is highly preventable through vaccination and early detection, yet it remains a major public health problem worldwide, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean…