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Gene Tied to Breast Cancer Raises Uterine Cancer Risk Too

Posted 1 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 – Women with a gene mutation known as BRCA1 have an increased risk for a deadly form of uterine cancer, a new study finds. The BRCA1 gene mutation is already well known for significantly increasing the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. In fact, the risk is so high that some women consider having both breasts, as well as their ovaries, removed to prevent breast and ovarian cancers, the researchers noted. This latest study is the first to find a conclusive link between the mutation and a slight increase in the odds of developing an aggressive uterine cancer, the researchers said. The study authors looked at data from nearly 1,100 U.S. women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations. The women were from the United States and the United Kingdom. Their health was followed for a median of about five years. BRCA2 also raises the risk of breast and ovarian cancers, according to ... Read more

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FDA Orders 'Black Box' Warning Label on Essure Long-Acting Contraceptive

Posted 1 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 – A special "black box" warning should be added to packaging for the Essure implantable birth control device, based on concerns over serious complications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday. The FDA also ordered Essure's manufacturer, Bayer, to conduct a new clinical study to gather more data about the health risks the device might pose for "in a real-world environment." Essure is a permanent and nonsurgical form of birth control for women. It consists of flexible coils that are inserted through the vagina and cervix into the fallopian tubes, the FDA explained in a statement. Scar tissue forms naturally around the coils, creating a barrier intended to prevent sperm from reaching the egg as they travel down the fallopian tubes into the uterus. However, since the FDA approved Essure in 2002, the agency says it has received about 10,000 ... Read more

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Surgeons Perform First U.S. Uterus Transplant

Posted 26 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 – Cleveland Clinic surgeons this week performed the nation's first uterus transplant, an experimental procedure offering women without a womb the possibility of pregnancy. The transplanted uterus came from a deceased donor, and the 26-year-old recipient was in stable condition following the nine-hour procedure, her doctors said Thursday. "Cleveland Clinic began screening candidates for uterus transplants late last year," according to a hospital news release. Women who might be candidates for such a transplant have ovaries but were either born without a uterus, have lost it or have suffered irreversible uterine damage, the hospital explained. The condition, called uterine factor infertility, affects 3 percent to 5 percent of women worldwide. One expert not involved in the procedure said it was a real advance for these patients. "The procedure is groundbreaking for ... Read more

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Black Women Less Likely to Survive Uterine Cancer, Study Finds

Posted 19 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 – Uterine cancer rates are rising in the United States, particularly among black and Asian women, according to a new study that also found black women are more likely to die of the disease. Researchers analyzed more than 120,000 cases of uterine cancer diagnosed in the United States between 2000 and 2011, and found that rates rose among all racial and ethnic groups. But rates increased fastest, at 2.5 percent a year, among black and Asian women. Black women also had higher rates of aggressive uterine cancer than Asian, Hispanic and white women, and death rates for aggressive uterine cancer were more than 1.5 times higher among black women than among white women. Death rates for aggressive uterine cancer were similar or lower among Asian and Hispanic women, compared to white women. A five-year analysis found that black women had poorer survival rates than white ... Read more

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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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