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Understanding why some Latina women discontinue participation in cancer prevention outreach

It has long been known that rates of breast and cervical cancer screening among Latinas are low compared to rates for U.S. women overall. A study led by researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) found that age and fear of cancer diagnosis are among the reasons why Latina women do not continue participation following [...]

Extended-field IMRT does not increase duodenal toxicity risk

A study of women with cervical or endometrial cancer who require treatment to the para-aortic (PA) lymph nodes can safely receive extended-field intensity modulated radiation therapy (EF-IMRT) without increased risk of duodenal toxicity, according to a study published in the July-August 2015 issue of Practical Radiation Oncology (PRO), the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO’s) [...]

Public expectations about screening still don’t match what screening programmes can deliver

Misconceptions about how screening works, its limitations and possible harms are still being perpetuated by media stories and high profile cases, such as Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy and emotive tabloid case studies of women under 25 dying from cervical cancer. Campaigners and celebrities still call for more screening: for more diseases, in more people and [...]

Study redefines role of estrogen in cervical cancer

Scientists have prior evidence that the hormone estrogen is a major driver in the growth of cervical cancer, but a new study examining genetic profiles of 128 clinical cases reached a surprising conclusion — estrogen receptors all but vanish in cervical cancer tumors. This counterintuitive finding, reported June 8 in the online Proceedings of the [...]

Inconsistent Medicaid expansion would widen disparities in screenings for women’s cancers

Massey researchers find that failure to expand ACA Medicaid coverage would widen disparities in screening uninsured and low-income women for breast and cervical cancer Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researchers recently conducted a study that found low-income and uninsured women in states that are not expanding their Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid coverage are [...]