Tag: DES

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
3 Types Of Vaginal Cancer, Their Risks and Causes

3 Types Of Vaginal Cancer, Their Risks and Causes

Vaginal cancer is an uncommon disease that affects the vagina and, when diagnosed at the start, can be cured. Two types of vaginal cancer are: Adenocarcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Do you know what vaginal cancer? It’s a disease where cancer cells, which are malignant, develop in the vaginal region. What’s the vagina? It’s the [...]

November 12, 2012 More
Environment

Environment

The effects of the environment on health have long been recognized. In the United States, industrial growth and increasing urban population centers in the mid-19th century resulted in concern about the water supply and sewage management. Furthermore, increasing use of coal-burning furnaces and the subsequent soot and cinders in the air led to public fear [...]

September 5, 2011 More
Discrimination

Discrimination

Women face discrimination on a variety of fronts in health today ranging from the battle to include contraceptives in basic health plans, to biases inherent in the male-dominated medical establishment. This has created an atmosphere of growing resentment that has spawned a campaign toward a better understanding of the critical issues women face when making [...]

August 30, 2011 More
Diethylstilbestrol

Diethylstilbestrol

Diethylstilbestrol (DES) is a synthetic form of estrogen, which was prescribed to millions of women from 1940 to 1971. It was thought to prevent miscarriage and ensure a healthy pregnancy. Its use declined in the 1960s after studies showed that it was not effective in preventing the complications of pregnancy that it was prescribed for. [...]

August 26, 2011 More