January 13, 2009
TUESDAY, Jan. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Two extra steps may improve the accuracy of cervical cancer screening, a new study claims. A Pap smear is the standard test, but findings in the Jan. 13 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute call for patients to get human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing first and then again after the Pap smear if they have HPV infections. The study, led by Dr. Joakim Dillner of Lund University in Sweden, found this screening approach improved detection of...
April 18, 2008 |
FRIDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- For the first time, a doctor's arsenal now includes a vaccine that can actuallypreventcancer. Gardasil targets human papillomavirus, or HPV, which causes virtually all cases of cervical cancer and is present in one in four American women. And health-care providers are beginning to integrate that vaccine into the schedule of other immunizations that children receive during childhood and adolescence. About 13 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed globally since its approval in June...
October 21, 2008 |
TUESDAY, Oct. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Combining the use of MRI with a special vaginal coil, doctors can now assess the extent of cervical cancer and make more informed treatment decisions, a new study suggests. "The main use is in women with small cervical cancers, in whom it is necessary to delineate accurately the extent of disease prior to fertility-sparing surgery," explained study author Dr. Nandita deSouza, co-director of the MRI Unit at the Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Hospital, in London.
August 20, 2008 |
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccinating all 12-year-old girls against the virus that causes cervical cancer, along with "catch-up" immunizations of women under the age of 21 and revised screening guidelines, would be cost-effective ways to combat the disease, a new study by Harvard researchers suggests. But this conclusion, published in the Aug. 21 issue of theNew England Journal of Medicine, is based on computer modeling rather than "real world" data, leading some experts, including the authors of a...
November 20, 2009 |
Women can delay having their first Pap test for cervical cancer until they turn 21 and many can wait longer to go back for follow-up screenings, according to new guidelines released Friday by a major medical group. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommended the change after concluding that more frequent testing did not catch significantly more cancers and often resulted in girls and young women experiencing unnecessary stress, anxiety and sometimes harmful treatments...
February 15, 2008 |
FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of daily stress could explain why some women infected with malignancy-linked types of human papillomavirus (HPV) develop cervical cancer, a new study suggests. Scientists at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia tested 74 women, all diagnosed with cervical dysplasia (precancerous cervical lesions), for an immune response to HPV 16, one of the strains of human papillomavirus thought to be a major cause of cervical cancer. The women also completed a...