What Women Don't Know About Cancer
Survey Reveals Common Misconceptions About Cancer
New Colorectal Cancer Guidelines continued...
The guidelines call for most average-risk women to begin screening at age
50, with repeat screenings every 10 years or as needed. Women should be
screened earlier if they have a family history of the disease or of adenomatous
polyps, a personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps, or inflammatory
Advantages of colonoscopy over other screening methods include its ability
to visualize the entire colon and to remove potentially dangerous polyps that
could become malignant.
"While we want ob-gyns to encourage this method, they should still
discuss the advantages and limitations of the other screening options with
their patients," says Carol Brown, MD, of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
Center. "The bottom line is we want women to get tested by whichever method
they are most likely to accept and follow through with."
Lung Cancer Bucking the Trend
ACOG's web guide titled "Protect and Detect: What Women Should Know
About Cancer," was designed to educate women about the cancers that affect
them most, including breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, ovarian, and uterine
While the death
rate from most of these cancers has either declined or remained steady in
recent years, lung cancer deaths among women has climbed.
Fully 80% of lung cancers in women are caused by smoking, and 5% to 10% may
be due to 'passive' exposure to cigarette smoke, Sharon Phenlan, MD, professor
of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of New Mexico School of
Medicine, said Friday.
Though more women get more breast cancer than lung cancer, far fewer breast
cancer patients die. In 2007, the American Cancer Society estimates that 70,880
women will die of lung cancer, compared with 40,460 who will die of breast