Lisa Krugman, 58, has been a cancer survivor since 1979, when at 23 she was diagnosed with cervical and ovarian cancer and underwent a complete hysterectomy. Her doctors speculated her cancer was associated with her mother having taken DES (Diethylstilbestrol, a synthetic form of estrogen) while pregnant with her daughter. Five years ago, Lisa was diagnosed with jaw cancer, which could also have its roots in DES.
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More than 99% of cases of cervical cancer are caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV). Doctors say that because the new HPV tests find abnormalities – and increased risk of cancer – at an earlier stage, most women will be able to undergo smear tests far less often, after receiving a negative result.
” We’ve been doing the HPV test in our office for about 7 years,” said Dr. Jay Staub, ” and I’ve actually have negative paps for 5 to 7 to 10 years in a row and had an HPV test that was positive and actually had cervical cancer. So, I think we’re headed in that direction. We just don’t have the data yet. I think we’re going to see studies that indicate that the HPV test is probably more accurate as a primary screen. “
This strategy could prevent 22,000 cervical cancer deaths every year in India and close to 73,000 in resource-poor countries worldwide
” A large, randomized study conducted among 150,000 women in India over a period of 15 years reports that biennial visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA), or vinegar, delivered by primary health workers, reduced cervical cancer mortality by nearly one-third (31 percent). Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in many developing countries, where there is little or no access to Pap screening. The researchers estimate this strategy could prevent 22,000 cervical cancer deaths every year in India and close to 73,000 in resource-poor countries worldwide. ”
” …Tens of thousands of women each year have their ovaries taken out during a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus… Researchers found that women’s risk of ovarian cancer diminished when their ovaries were removed, but their risks of dying from other, more common causes rose… Based on the results, it looks like, if given a choice, you should keep your ovaries, said Leslie Bernstein, a professor at City of Hope cancer center…”
Risky pregnancy drug raised daughters’ cancer odds
‘A drug that millions of pregnant women took decades ago to prevent miscarriage and complications has put their daughters at higher risk for breast cancer and other health problems that are showing up now, a new federal study finds. ‘
Cervical Cancer: Symptoms, Causes and Risks – EmpowHER
It is now 40 years since the connection between DES exposure and Cancer in DES Daughters was discovered. In the late 1960s, there was an unprecedented appearance of a rare vaginal cancer in young women. Cases of Clear Cell Adenocarcinoma (CCA) were diagnosed in an age group never before found to develop it.
Cervical and vaginal cancers are higher risk in women exposed to DES in utero
These 2012 guidelines are for general screening, and do not address high-risk populations. These would include women with a history of cervical cancer, exposure in utero to diethylstilbestrol, or those who are immunocompromised.
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