Category: Health

Older Women Also Need Pap Smears

Women aged 70 and over should continue to get regular Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer, a study suggests. The study was presented at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer. Researchers found that women aged 70 and over account for more than one in 10 cases of cervical cancer in…

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Timing of HRT Influences Breast Cancer Risk

Breast cancer risk associated with combination hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is greater if the therapy is started soon after menopause, according to the results of the observational Million Women Study conducted in the United Kingdom. Among current users of estrogen–progestin formulations, the relative risks for breast cancer were greater if use began less than 5…

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For All Body Types, Exercise May Reduce Endometrial Cancer Risk

Women who exercise for at least 150 minutes a week might have a reduced risk for endometrial cancer, according to a study presented here at the Ninth Annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research. Exercise cuts the risk even for women who overweight, said Hannah Arem, a…

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Moderate Physical Activity May Reduce Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Risk

Moderate physical activity may reduce postmenopausal breast cancer risk, according to the results of a prospective study in the October 25 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. “Physical activity has many health benefits,” write A. Heather Eliassen, ScD, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, and colleagues. “Although greater activity…

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Healthy Behaviors Lower Overall Breast Cancer Risk

Engaging in ‘breast-healthy’ behaviors – drinking alcohol in moderation, exercising regularly, and watching weight – appear to reduce a woman’s risk for the development of invasive breast cancer after menopause. However, healthy behaviors do not seem to modify risk attributable to a family history of later-onset breast cancer (FHLBC), according to a study published online…

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The Breast Self Examination Controversy: What Providers and Patients Should Know

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women. The efficacy of breast self-examination in decreasing cancer mortality is being questioned because of some recent evidence. This finding has led to various and controversial recommendations by key health organizations. This article explores this controversy and provides resources that nurse practitioners can use…

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