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HPV Stigma Can Impact Cervical Cancer Screening Rates & That Could Have Terrible Consequences

February 16, 2019

By Sanam Yar Social stigma surrounding sexually transmitted infections, or STIs, is not a new concept. Unfortunately, stigma persists despite the fact that STIs are quite common — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that there are nearly 20 million new infections each year in the United States. And these negative attitudes towards […]

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Martin Short Opens Up About Losing His Wife Nancy Dolman to Cancer: ‘It’s So Tough’

February 7, 2019

By GILLIAN TELLING Martin Short has had one hell of a career—but he also had a pretty great ride with his wife, actress Nancy Dolman, whom he lost to ovarian cancer in 2010 after 30 years of marriage together. In a new cover story with AARP the magazine, the Father of the Bride star, 68—who […]

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Kathy Bates on ovarian cancer: ‘I was focused on my own survival’

February 7, 2019

It was nine years ago that Kathy Bates was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She waited years before talking about it publicly. Now she’s come forward and wants to make up for lost time. At the time of her illness, “I was focused on my own survival,” Bates says in a video for the Ovarian Cancer […]

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Researchers Use Stem Cells to Produce Cancer-targeting Antibodies

January 30, 2019

In a new study, researchers have used stem cell proteins to create an antibody that can specifically recognize and be taken up by some types of breast and ovarian cancers. The study, “Conservation of oncofetal antigens on human embryonic stem cells enables discovery of monoclonal antibodies against cancer,” was published in Scientific Reports. Antibodies are […]

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HPV: the whole story, warts and all

January 29, 2019

Most of us will be infected with human papillomavirus at some point in our lives. There are more than 100 different types of the virus, most of which cause no symptoms and go away by themselves without treatment. Other types cause harmless growths such as verrucas and warts. But the virus also has a more […]

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The HPV Vaccine Is Now FDA-Approved for People Over 26: What You Need to Know

January 14, 2019

This story has been updated to include more information about the study cited by the FDA. For years, health officials have urged people under the age of 26 to get the vaccine that protects against human papilloma virus (HPV). If you happened to miss that deadline or were older than 26 when the vaccine came […]

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Too Few Women Are Getting Cervical Cancer Screening

January 14, 2019

TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The number of women in the United States who are getting the recommended screenings for cervical cancer is “unacceptably low,” researchers say. In 2016, just over half of U.S. women aged 21 to 29 and less than two-thirds of women aged 30 to 65 were up-to-date with cervical […]

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Report: Women Everywhere Don’t Know Enough About Ovarian Cancer

November 2, 2018

By JOANNE SILBERNER A new study of women with ovarian cancer shows that ignorance about the condition is common among patients in all 44 countries surveyed. And that ignorance has a cost. The disease is more treatable, even potentially curable, in its early stages. The women’s answers also suggested their doctors were ignorant. Many of […]

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HPV Vaccine Expanded for People Ages 27 to 45

October 8, 2018

By Denise Grady and Jan Hoffman The HPV vaccine, which prevents cervical cancer and other malignancies, is now approved for men and women from 27 to 45-years-old, the Food and Drug Administration said on Friday. The vaccine is Gardasil 9, made by Merck, and had been previously approved for minors and people up to age […]

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