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  1. Pap Unneeded for Most After Hysterectomy

    July 21, 2003 -- Millions of women who have had hysterectomies are still subjected to annual Pap smear testing, even though most experts agree it makes little sense to screen for cervical cancer in women without cervixes. The nation's top cancer prevention groups oppose the practice on the grounds t

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  2. Obesity Raises Cervical Cancer Risk

    July 14, 2003 -- Overweight women are at high risk of cervical cancer -- double the risk of other women, a new study suggests. Excessive fat has been shown to increase levels of estrogen, leading to development of endometrial and cervical cancer -- specifically, a subtype of cancer called adenocarci

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  3. Popular Pap Test May Cause False Results

    July 9, 2003 -- Women who take birth control pills may be more likely to get inaccurate results indicating the presence of abnormal cells or early cancer of the cervix when their doctors use the most popular type of Pap test, suggests a new study. In rechecking Pap smears of 84 women whose initial r

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  4. Pregnancy After Cervical Cancer Surgery

    April 29, 2003 (New Orleans) -- For decades, the only recognized treatments for advanced cervical cancer were radical hysterectomy and radiation, so the "cure" deprived women of the ability to have children. Now, however, gynecologists have perfected a new surgical technique that removes only the ca

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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