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  1. Birth Control, HPV and Cervical Cancer

    April 3, 2003 -- Long-term use of birth control pills appears to increase the risk of developing cervical cancer in women who have HPV, but experts say the risk is eliminated with careful screening. Cervical cancer risk in women who used birth control pills for a decade or more was double that of wo

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  2. FDA OKs Expanded HPV Test for Women

    April 2, 2003 -- Like the Pap test, a test for HPV -- human papillomavirus -- could soon be an annual event for women over age 30. The FDA has expanded its approval of a new test for this virus, which causes most cases of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer will strike over 12,000 American women this y

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  3. HPV Test Could Lower Need for Pap Smears

    Dec. 31, 2002 -- Annual Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer are still recommended for most women, but a new study from the National Cancer Institute suggests that yearly testing may not be necessarily if a women has a negative Pap test along with a negative test for cervical cancer-causing form

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  4. Fewer Pap Tests OK for Some Women

    Nov. 15, 2002 -- Pap tests save lives, but they are an invasive and often dreaded part of a trip to the doctor. Now new guidelines from the American Cancer Society might mean fewer Pap tests for many women. Deaths from cervical cancer have dropped by 70% over the last 50 years. That's largely due to

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  5. Tool Treats Cervical Cancer Side Effect

    Oct. 7, 2002 -- A common side effect of cervical cancer treatment is sexual dysfunction. But a new device can liven up the libido of a woman who has had radiation therapy for cervical cancer. While radiation is effective in treating cervical cancer, it also can cause sexual side effects. The "Eros T

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  6. HRT Protects From Endometrial Cancer

    Aug. 1, 2002 -- Amid all the concerns about hormone replacement therapy, here's a bit of reassuring news. If women have taken it as long as five years, they haven't increased their risk of developing cancer of the endometrium, which lines the uterus. In fact, the combination of estrogen plus progest

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  7. Older Women With Cervical Cancer Falling Through the Cracks

    March 14, 2001 -- Many older women who know they have cervical cancer are not receiving treatment for it -- treatment that could potentially save their lives, according to new information from the National Cancer Institute. Baffled researchers say better efforts must be made to ensure women have acc

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  8. Vaccine May Prevent Cervical Cancer

    Feb. 20, 2001 -- One day it may be possible to immunize people against a sexually transmitted virus that is the main cause of cervical cancer in women. Surprising as it sounds, researchers say now that they know that most cervical cancers are caused by the virus, they are working on ways to protect

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  9. Another Sexually Transmitted Disease Linked to Cancer of the Cervix

    Jan. 2, 2001 -- A common sexually transmitted infection may be an unrecognized cause of cancer of the cervix, the gateway to a woman's uterus. Researchers have known for some time that the sexually transmitted disease known as human papillomavirus -- or HPV -- is a factor in a significant number of

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  10. Signs of Cervical Cancer May Be Present Years Before It Develops

    June 23, 2000 -- A sexually transmitted virus that is responsible for many cases of cervical cancer can be found in a woman's body years before cancer develops. And researchers say that making tests for the human papillomavirus (HPV) part of routine cervical cancer screening can help detect these ca

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