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Cervical dysplasia is a potentially pre-cancerous condition and in many cases can resolve on its own, but in others, can progress to more severe dysplasia and even cervical cancer. The likelihood of regression of mild dysplasia, called cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 1 (CIN1), is 60%. The likelihood of progression to cervical cancer if it does […]

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There is a robust amount of published research, including major clinical trials, on the ability of the Mediterranean diet (MeDiet) to protect against cardiovascular disease —now, according to results from the PREDIMED trial, it might also prevent breast cancer. One can easily read the specifics of the MeDiet on the internet and some excellent books, […]

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In women’s health, nothing is quite as confusing and bustling with controversy as the role of screening mammography in low-risk women and its presumed reduction of mortality from breast cancer. Regular screening mammography is promoted as an early detection test, conducted in an attempt to diagnose breast cancer early, treat it early, and thus reduce […]

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In early July, 2014, the American College of Physicians (ACP) issued guidelines challenging the need for a vaginal speculum and bimanual (internal) pelvic exam as an integral part of a routine well-woman office visit. The ACP reviewed the evidence and concluded that the routine pelvic examination is not useful in screening for malignancies other than […]

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Nearly 50% of women who undergo screening mammography are classified as having either heterogeneously dense or extremely dense breast tissue. Dense breast tissue is defined as a greater amount of fibrous or glandular tissue than fatty tissue in the breasts. Women with dense breast tissue have a modestly elevated risk for breast cancer and the […]

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There has been interest for some time now about the role of vitamin D levels in the blood and the potential protective benefits of adequate levels in the prevention of breast, colon and other adenocarcinomas. This meta-analysis was conducted using a PUBMED search for observational studies of serum 25(OH)D and risk of breast cancer between […]

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Researchers for the Iowa Women’s Health Study assessed health related issues including dietary habits and intake, and the relationship with type I (estrogen related) and type II (estrogen independent) endometrial cancer. A total of 23,039 were evaluated with an average age at study onset of 62 years. A total of 592 invasive endometrial cancers were […]

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The Affordable Care Act, enacted August of 2012, helps to make preventive services affordable and accessible by requiring health insurance plans to cover preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an advisory committee on immunization and guidelines recommended by the Academy of Pediatrics. The act also requires insurance companies to cover […]

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If you go to your doctor’s office and get told to not come back for a pap smear in 1 year or 3 years or 5 years…. this may be an appropriate recommendation according to the pap smear guidelines, (based on pap smear history, risk of cervical dysplasia, age and history of human papilloma virus- […]

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Over two thousand women with stage I, II or IIIA were enrolled in a study about two years after their breast cancer diagnosis. The use of a multivitamin pre-diagnosis and post-diagnosis was assessed with a questionnaire in Kaiser Permanente patients from Northern California. A yearly self-report and verification of their medical records was evaluated. Overall, […]

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