Cancer

Menopause Hormone Therapy and Ovarian Cancer

By NWHN Staff | Jul 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Menopause Hormone Therapy and Ovarian Cancer

Questions about whether hormone therapy might increase women’s cancer risk – particularly breast and ovarian cancer – have been raised for some time.

Cervical Cancer Prevention and Screening

By NWHN Staff | Jul 1, 2015 | Comments Off on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Screening

If every woman in the world received adequate health care, almost none would die of cervical cancer. Effective treatments exist for pre-cancerous conditions and for cervical cancer that is diagnosed at an early stage.

Cervical Cancer: Forgotten but Not Gone

By NWHN Staff | Jun 28, 2015 | Comments Off on Cervical Cancer: Forgotten but Not Gone

Did you know that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month? This year alone, over 12,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. Over 4,000 women will die as a result of this disease. 

What You Need to Know About the HPV Vaccine

By Rachel Walden | Jul 1, 2013 | Comments Off on What You Need to Know About the HPV Vaccine

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States and is so prevalent that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “nearly all sexually-active men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives.”i

Rx for Change: CT Scan Safety

By Charlea T. Massion, MD, and Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Sep 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Rx for Change: CT Scan Safety

Although CT (pronounced “cat”) scans may sound warm and fuzzy, these three-dimensional X-rays expose people to very high doses of radiation. A chest CT exposes patients to more than 400 times the radiation dose than a regular chest X-ray.

Breast Cancer Risks and the Environment: So Much We Don’t Know

By Rachel Walden | May 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Breast Cancer Risks and the Environment: So Much We Don’t Know

A new IOM report reviews evidence on breast cancer and the environment, explains the difficulties of studying environmental factors for breast cancer risk, and recommends future research along with ways to reduce breast cancer risk.

DES: 40 Years of Research With More to Learn

By NWHN Staff | Mar 1, 2012 | Comments Off on DES: 40 Years of Research With More to Learn

A drug prescribed years ago is responsible for health problems today and individuals who were exposed have absolutely no memory of it.  How could they? They were exposed before they were born!

Traveling by Air? Go for the Grope!

By Charlea T. Massion, MD, and Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Jan 22, 2011 | Comments Off on Traveling by Air? Go for the Grope!

Whose silly idea was it to start X-raying people along with the baggage at airports? Most of the media coverage of airport security scanners has focused on privacy issues, but we’re far more concerned about possible health risk: frequent flyers may be racking up increased cancer risk along with their miles, because of radiation exposure.

Early Puberty for Girls: The New “Normal” and Why We Need to Be Concerned

By NWHN Staff | Sep 1, 2009 | Comments Off on Early Puberty for Girls: The New “Normal” and Why We Need to Be Concerned

Early puberty is becoming the norm, not the exception. The Breast Cancer Fund commissioned a meta-analysis of existing data on this subject in order to explore research indicating that early menarche is a risk factor for later development of breast cancer.

Hold the Hype on HPV

By NWHN Staff | Mar 1, 2007 | Comments Off on Hold the Hype on HPV

A week before my 27th birthday, I’ve been thinking beyond my usual self-assessments and musings on the number of candles on my birthday cake. I can’t stop wondering where women my age see themselves in the context of the ongoing, frenzied debate over Gardasil, the only FDA-approved vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV).