Tag: American Cancer Society

Cervical cancer and screening

Cervical cancer and screening

Recent changes in the recommendations concerning the frequency of screening procedures for cervical cancer mean that women may longer be required to undergo an annual Pap smear test. Pap smear tests are intended to screen women, who show no symptoms, for the early signs of cervical cancer. Despite the reduction in deaths from cancer of [...]

November 12, 2012 More
What Is a Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor?

What Is a Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor?

5,000 to 10,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST.) Most people have never heard of a gastrointestinal stromal tumor. This is because it was only discovered in the 1990s. Before that, GIST was thought to be a variation of stomach or liver cancer. Now that it is possible to diagnose [...]

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Pap Smears Aren’t as Urgent as You Thought?

Pap Smears Aren’t as Urgent as You Thought?

The American Cancer Society, together with two other American medical associations, have recently issued a new set of guidelines for cervical cancer screening, or as it is more commonly known, a pap smear. What were the old guidelines? In the past pap smears were recommended to start when a woman reached the age of 21 [...]

November 12, 2012 More
Ovarian Cancer – Warning Signs to Look Out For

Ovarian Cancer – Warning Signs to Look Out For

Researchers from the University of Washington carried out a study on women to try to identify the early indications associated with ovarian cancer. The study investigated women with and without ovarian cancer and has been published in the medical journal Cancer. The women participated in a questionnaire which asked about indigestion, constipation, bleeding after menopause [...]

November 12, 2012 More
Kidney Cancer Associated with NSAID Drugs

Kidney Cancer Associated with NSAID Drugs

A recently published report in the Archives of Internal Medicine, has indicated that people who take non-aspirin anti-inflammatory pain killing drugs regularly are doubling their chances of developing kidney cancer. The study says that men and women both have the same amount of increased risk. Previous studies, all small scale, have indicated some uncertain association [...]

November 12, 2012 More
Screening for Cervical cancer

Screening for Cervical cancer

Cancer of the cervix is the most common cancer of the reproductive organs after endometrial and ovarian cancers. Nearly 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed every year in the United States, with over 4,000 deaths attributed to this illness. Pap smears have resulted in significant reductions in deaths due to cervical cancer. Interestingly, [...]

August 2, 2011 More
Breast Examination

Breast Examination

A breast examination is a simple means of detecting changes in breast tissue. There are two kinds of examinations, self-exam and clinical exam. The goal of these procedures is early detection of breast cancer because early treatment can increase survival rates. Breast cancer is not only the most common non-skin cancer in women, but is [...]

August 1, 2011 More