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FDA approves DNA test for cervical cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 4/25/2014 11:30:00 AM

Thursday, the FDA approved an HPV DNA test for women ages 25 years or older that could be used as a first-line screening method to determine cervical cancer risk.

The test samples women’s cervical cells and looks for 14 high-risk HPV strains. Developed by Roche, the HPV test looks for the most dangerous strains, HPV 16 and HPV 18, while also searching for signs of the additional strains.

Currently, women are tested for HPV after a their Pap test shows abnormal changes on their cervix, or if a physician gives her a test during a standard appointment. Approval for this test, called cobas, means that this should be used as a primary screening tool for HPV.

"FDA approval of primary HPV screening means we can use the HPV test first if we believe that a woman may have, or be at risk for cervical cancer," said Dr. Wafic ElMasri, gynecologic oncology specialist at Community Physician Network. "This is one more option to help us detect and prevent cervical cancer." continue reading ...


Women with BRCA mutations should remove ovaries

Written by Community Health Network on 2/27/2014 7:00:00 PM

A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology studied nearly 5,800 women with specific genetic mutations called BRCA1 and BRCA2.

Researchers found that women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations who proactively had their ovaries removed reduced their risk of ovarian, fallopian tube, or peritoneal cancer by 80 percent, and their overall risk of death by 77 percent.

BRCA stands for breast cancer susceptibility genes, a class of genes that are tumor suppressors. Mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes have been linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

According to the study, women with BRCA1 mutations should have preventive ovarian surgery (known as prophylactic oophorectomy) by age 35, because waiting past that age is shown to increase the risk of ovarian cancer. continue reading ...


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