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Study Suggests Pap Test's Days Could Be Numbered

HPV test is better at detecting precancerous cervical changes

(Newser) - Might women over 30 soon be saying goodbye to the Pap smear? That's what some experts believe after a new study found that the HPV test detects precancerous cervical changes earlier and more accurately. The randomized, controlled study—the Washington Post calls it the "gold standard" of research—... More »

To Say Goodbye, Man Slept Beside Dead Wife's Body

Russell Davison says he recommends the experience to everyone

(Newser) - It may sound like a case of not being able to let go, but a British man who lost his wife to a 10-year battle with cervical cancer last month says that staying by her body for six days actually helped him say goodbye and was a "beautiful and... More »

Scientists Recreate Female Reproductive System in Lab

They hope to study endometriosis, fibroids, cancer, and more

(Newser) - Scientists have created a device that mimics the female reproductive cycle, hailing it as a breakthrough in the study of diseases that affect hundreds of millions of women and girls around the world. Reporting in the journal Nature Communications , researchers at Northwestern University and beyond note that their "microfluidic... More »

Erin Andrews Hid Cancer Diagnosis for 5 Months

She underwent surgeries for cervical cancer in late 2016

(Newser) - Erin Andrews was in the operating room of a Los Angeles hospital on Oct. 11, about to undergo surgery for cervical cancer that had been discovered only a few weeks earlier during a routine checkup, when she told her oncologist, "I'm not missing the Super Bowl." Days... More »

Cervical Cancer Deaths Show a Huge Racial Gap

Black women dying at a rate 77% higher than thought, and twice the rate of white women

(Newser) - Many more American women are dying from cervical cancer than previously thought, with black women in particular dying at rates akin to those in sub-Saharan Africa, the New York Times reports. Although cervical cancer is highly preventable, African-American women are dying at a rate 77% higher that previously estimated, CNN... More »

Ominous Stats on the Women's Cancer Horizon

A 60% rise in deaths by 2030, per an ACS report

(Newser) - Two disturbing reports were issued this week on the cancer front, with one noting women will see a spike in cancer deaths over the next decade or so—5.5 million cancer deaths by the year 2030. The other report adds that women afflicted with breast cancer alone could nearly... More »

Paging Michael Douglas: HPV Vaccine Helps Men, Too

Study finds Cervarix prevents throat cancers caused by oral sex

(Newser) - Researchers have found their first evidence that the HPV vaccine also helps prevent throat cancers often caused by oral sex—a finding that should apply to men as well as women, reports the New York Times . According to a study in PLoS One , Cervarix, originally designed to prevent cervical cancer,... More »

HPV Vaccine Price to Plummet for Poor Countries

Merck, GlaxoSmthKline will offer them for less than $5

(Newser) - Two of the world's biggest drug companies have agreed to slash the price of their HPV vaccines—which currently cost around $130 a dose in the US—down to less than $5 in some developing nations, the companies announced today. Thanks to a deal negotiated by the nonprofit GAVI... More »

Pap Test May Detect 2 More Cancers

Ovarian and uterine, along with cervical, study suggests

(Newser) - A new study suggests that Pap smears may be able to detect three cancers, not just one, reports WebMd . Pap tests have been used successfully for decades to find cervical cancer, but a new method of analyzing results was able to detect cancers of the uterus and ovaries, too. The... More »

Treatable Infections Cause 1 in 6 Cancers

HPV, hepatitis B vaccines key part of cancer prevention

(Newser) - A sixth of all cancers worldwide are the result of potentially treatable or preventable infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites, according to a new study. Researchers found that that almost 2 million new cancer cases in 2008 were caused by the human papilloma virus, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and... More »

Did Eva Peron Have a Lobotomy?

New research seems to confirm claim made in 2005

(Newser) - The ever-fascinating Eva Peron continues to make news, this time by way of an equally fascinating New York Times article on lobotomies. A Yale researcher now believes the former first lady herself received one in a bid to relieve the extreme pain she experienced while dying of cervical cancer. The... More »

Perry Swipes Back at Bachmann's HPV Allegation

Mental retardation claim has 'no basis in fact,' he says

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann made waves this week by claiming that the HPV vaccine can cause mental retardation, and now more critics are piling on—one of whom is Rick Perry. Perry, of course, was the target of Bachmann's original statement; she disagrees with the executive order he issued requiring Texas... More »

Guys: Half of You Might Have HPV

New study could be strong case for vaccinating boys

(Newser) - A whopping half of men may be infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), best known for causing cervical cancer, but also a cause of anal, penile, head, and neck cancers. Though the CDC currently recommends a vaccine for females, health officials have so far not recommended one for males. Researchers believe... More »

More Young Men Get Throat Cancer, Thanks to Oral Sex

Doctors recommend HPV vaccine for boys, not just girls

(Newser) - Oral sex has been linked to throat cancer in baby boomers , but a rising number of cancers of the head and neck in young men is leading doctors to urge boys as well as girls to get the controversial HPV vaccine . “This kind of cancer traditionally affects males who... More »

Girl's Tribute to Dying Mom Goes Weepy Viral

Teen records wrenching song into cell phone

(Newser) - A London teen's pitch-perfect, emotionally wrenching singing tribute to her dying mom has gone viral on YouTube, opening the floodgates for thousands of sobbing fans. Sarah Phillips, 16, recorded the song Autumn by Scottish singer Paulo Nutini into her cell phone just hours before her mom's death from cervical cancer... More »

Early Sex Doubles Cervical Cancer Risk

Earlier HPV infection gives more time to do damage

(Newser) - Having sex at an early age can double a woman's risk of developing cervical cancer, according to new research. Scientists investigating the link between poverty and the cancer found that women from poorer backgrounds began having sex an average of four years earlier than their more affluent counterparts, the BBC... More »

Now Panel Urges Delay in Pap Test

Docs' group advises later start, every 2 years for cervical cancer test

(Newser) - The screening cutbacks continue. Just days after the government announced more conservative guidelines for mammograms, a major medical body says women should begin having Pap smears for cervical cancer later and less frequently. The new guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say women don't need to be... More »

'Most Unlikely' HPV Shot Killed UK Teen

Health officials cite 'serious underlying condition,' though girl's school disputes it

(Newser) - The British teen who died after being vaccinated against human papillomavirus had “a serious underlying medical condition,” health officials said today, and it is “most unlikely” that the shot, intended to prevent cervical cancer, killed 14-year-old Natalie Morton. An official at Morton’s school is skeptical. “... More »

UK Teen Dies After HPV Vaccination

14-year-old has 'rare but extreme reaction'; batch quarantined after others report trouble

(Newser) - A 14-year-old British girl died yesterday after receiving the vaccine against human papillomavirus, and the National Health Service has quarantined the batch after three other girls reported unpleasant side effects. Her school is telling parents the girl had a “rare but extreme reaction” to the shot, which is commonly... More »

Cervical Cancer Vaccine Linked to 32 Deaths

Teen-targeted Gardasil also tied to blood clots, fainting in gov't study

(Newser) - Gardasil, the cervical cancer vaccine marketed to teen girls, has been linked to 32 deaths and other serious side effects including fainting and blood clots, according to a government report released yesterday. Since 2006, several complications of the vaccine have been reported, ABC News reports, ranging from neurological disorders to... More »

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