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DNA-Based HPV Tests More Accurate Than Pap Smears
TUESDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- A new study confirms previous findings that human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA-based tests are more accurate than Pap smears in detecting precancerous lesions.
It was already known that the HPV test uncovered more infections and precancerous lesions than Pap smears (cytology), but it wasn't clear whether HPV tests would lead to the treatment of patients whose immune systems would fight off infections -- meaning that these women didn't require treatment, anyway.
In this study of almost 50,000 women, Italian researchers found that the HPV test identified almost twice as many premalignant lesions compared to Pap smears. Among women ages 35 to 60, the HPV test was more likely to detect cervical lesions. In women ages 25 to 34, the HPV test seemed to identify more infections that eventually resolved themselves.
Based on their findings, the researchers said it may be best for younger women with a positive HPV test to be retested in 12 months, rather than being immediately referred for a more intensive examination called colposcopy.
"It seems clear that an HPV DNA-based approach to primary screening is a very attractive option that should be actively developed and evaluated," wrote Dr. Guglielmo Ronco, from CPO Piemonte, in Torino, Italy, and colleagues.
The findings of this study, which were published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, reinforced similar findings in a study published in 2006 by Ronco and team.
That earlier study of 33,364 women, ages 35 to 60, found that HPV testing combined with liquid-based Pap testing detected 47 percent more precancerous lesions than conventional Pap smears. However, the combination testing increased the chance of false positives by 60 percent.
HPV accounts for almost all cases of cervical cancer.
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HRT Raises Recurrence Risk Among Breast Cancer Survivors
TUESDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- European researchers report more grim news concerning women and hormone replacement therapy: Not only do healthy women run the risk of developing breast cancer while taking the therapy, breast cancer survivors who do the same face a higher risk of a recurrence or a new malignancy.
"This is the first study where patients with relatively recent breast cancer were randomized to take either hormone therapy or to do alternative therapies," said Dr. Jennifer Wu, an obstetrician/gynecologist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Really, at this point, there's no guarantee of the safety of hormone replacement therapy in breast cancer survivors. Some forms of estrogen and progestin and different regimens of those two may be safer, but the risks are pretty clear-cut."
The study, conducted by researchers from King's College London and Scandinavia, is published in the March 25 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Several studies have pointed to an increased risk of breast cancer in healthy women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopausal symptoms, but the evidence on breast cancer survivors has been limited.
"Previously, there were basically case studies, observational studies, and it looks like our data was a little bit biased," Wu said. "People who had been chosen to go on HRT probably were people who were years out from their diagnosis, who didn't have [estrogen receptor]-positive nodes, who had been doing very well."
This new trial was originally designed to see if HRT was safe to counter menopausal symptoms in women who had already had breast cancer. Women were randomly chosen to receive either hormone therapy or alternative methods of managing menopausal symptoms.
The researchers halted the trial early when it appeared that women taking HRT had a higher risk of breast cancer recurrence.
The current data, which represents a median of about four years of follow-up in 442 women, showed a 17.6 percent risk of a recurrence or a new tumor in the HRT group, compared with a 7.7 percent risk among women in the control group. The estimated five-year risk for a recurrence was 22.2 percent for women in the HRT group and 9.5 percent in the control arm, translating into a 14.2 percent absolute increased risk for women taking hormones.
Women in the trial had both estrogen receptor-positive and estrogen receptor-negative cancers. Estrogen receptor-positive cancer is fueled by the hormone estrogen.
The study did not determine if taking HRT increases the risk of dying from breast cancer.
For women in general, the message remains the same: They should avoid taking hormone therapy unless needed for severe menopausal symptoms, and then at the lowest dose possible for the shortest amount of time.
"For breast cancer survivors, the stakes are higher," said Debbie Saslow, director of breast and gynecologic cancer at the American Cancer Society. "My guess is that women survivors who would even consider HRT would be those with the best prognosis and severe menopausal symptoms. It's not recommended, but for some women that quality of life is important. You need to keep it all in perspective."
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Here everyone can post any information or articles you think is important to us to know. Feel free to post whatever you think is important. We are not here to judge. We are here to try to help and find some help to. Remember, we are not perfect.

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