Women's Health

High-grade cervical lesions declining in young women

A decrease in cervical lesions among young women in the United States has been observed, but the cause for this drop is not proven.

Obesity associated with increased breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women

Clinical trial data suggests that postmenopausal women of above-average weight have an increased risk of breast cancer.

Genetic variants key to understanding origins of ovarian cancer

The discovery of three genetic variants associated with mucinous ovarian carcinomas (MOCs) offers the first evidence of genetic susceptibility in this type of ovarian cancer.

Increasing percentages of patients undergoing breast-conserving therapy

The percentage of patients with early stage breast cancer undergoing breast-conserving therapy (BCT) increased from 54.3% in 1998 to 60.1% in 2011, according to a recent report. Notably, nonclinical factors including socioeconomic demographics, insurance, and the distance patients must travel to treatment facilities persist as key barriers to the treatment.

ALK1 protein may play a role in breast cancer metastasis

Breast cancer patients with high levels of the protein activin-like receptor kinase (ALK1) in the blood vessels of their tumors were more likely to develop metastatic disease, according to a new study. This makes inhibition of the ALK1 pathway a possible new target for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.

Distinct triple-positive subtypes identified in breast cancer

CHICAGO, IL—Functional subtyping with a multigene classifier resulted in 1 in 5 tumors being reclassified compared with conventional immunohistochemistry/fluorescent in situ hybridization (IHC/FISH) analysis. This study was presented at the 2015 American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.

10 percent urea cream superior to new ointment for hand-foot syndrome

10 percent urea cream superior to new ointment for hand-foot syndrome

10% urea cream is superior to a newly introduced ointment containing various antioxidants at preventing hand-foot syndrome.

Yoga and meditation can ease menopausal symptoms following breast cancer

Yoga and meditation can ease menopausal symptoms following breast cancer

Randomized trial shows beneficial effect for yoga combined with meditation in breast cancer survivors.

Racial differences in breast cancer survival

Racial differences in breast cancer survival

The links between demographic, treatment, and socioeconomic factors and breast cancer survival were examined in a recent study.

Partial versus entire breast radiation does not increase recurrence

Partial versus entire breast radiation does not increase recurrence

Women diagnosed with breast cancer and treated with a one-week regimen of partial breast radiation after tumor removal saw no increase in cancer recurrence or difference in cosmetic outcomes.

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