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Many U.S. Women Live Far From Gynecologic Cancer Care

Posted 15 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 15, 2015 – Millions of American women have poor access to gynecologic cancer care, a new study finds. The analysis showed that 36 percent of counties in the United States are more than 50 miles from the nearest doctor specializing in ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer. About 10 percent of American women – nearly 15 million – live in those counties, researchers found. "This is the first national study to identify specific regions of the United States where residents may be at an increased risk for poor clinical outcomes – including misdiagnoses and late detection – as a result of limited access to specialized gynecologic cancer care," said study author Dr. David Shalowitz, a fellow in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine's division of gynecologic oncology, in Philadelphia. "Based on our estimates, it's likely that more than 7,000 women with gynecologic ... Read more

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Ob-Gyns: Use Ultrasound to Assess Pelvic Symptoms

Posted 31 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 – Ultrasound should be the first type of imaging used to assess pelvic symptoms in women, a group of U.S. experts says. Ultrasound is safer and more cost-effective than other types of imaging for these types of cases, the team of obstetricians and gynecologists wrote in an article published March 31 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. They support an American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine initiative called Ultrasound First, which urges doctors to use ultrasound when evidence shows that it is equally, if not more, effective compared to other imaging methods for the area on the patient's body that requires examination. "This recommendation applies particularly to obstetric and gynecologic patients. A skillfully performed and well-interpreted ultrasound usually eliminates the need to perform additional more costly and complex cross-sectional ... Read more

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Ob-Gyn Group Lists Procedures That May Not Be Needed

Posted 4 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, March 3 – Five tests and procedures that obstetricians/gynecologists and their patients should question the need for are outlined in a list released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign. The American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation-led campaign involves about 35 medical specialty groups and is intended to encourage patients and doctors to discuss appropriate care while avoiding unnecessary tests and treatments. ACOG is one of 17 medical societies that recently released advice lists. "We carefully selected the five procedures and tests in ob-gyn based on their potential to improve quality health care and avoid potential harm. As ob-gyns, our goal is to provide women the very best evidence-based medical care," Dr. Hal Lawrence III, ACOG executive vice president, said in a college news release. Here are the ... Read more

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