Hope for ovarian cancer screening test

Most cancers can be cured by surgery in their early stages, when the tumors are localized. What makes ovarian cancer so deadly is that distinct symptoms seldom develop until the cancer spreads outside the ovaries. The major goal for screening, therefore, is to detect ovarian cancer before it metastasizes. Researchers have developed a new “liquid biopsy” test that they hope has the capacity to identify the presence of relatively early cancers. In an early assessment, this test detected 98% of ovarian cancers in a test group of patients who had stage II or greater disease that had not yet metastasized.

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Breast cancer still a small risk ...

What does the new study showing a link between low-dose hormonal contraceptives and breast cancer really tell us in practical terms? First, that the risk has not gone away with the introduction of pills delivering newer and lower formulations, and second, that the risk is significant at the population level but tiny at the individual level. It is important to unpack the study’s findings to really put them into perspective.

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New treatment modality for BV

Coming in early 2018 is a new one-dose oral treatment for bacterial vaginosis (BV). The drug’s effectiveness is similar to that of the metronidazole, a treatment currently recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but with an ease of use that may enhance adherence to treatment regimen.

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The Book
Now in its 20th edition, this well-known text with more than 2 million copies in print has been the leading family planning... Read more
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Conferences
Covering the most important advances in women’s health and contraception, Contraceptive Technology is designed for health professionals just like you. Chaired by Dr. Robert Hatcher, the conference faculty includes the authors of the well-known reference text Contraceptive Technology, and other nationally known reproductive health experts. Conference topics include: new and future methods of contraception, sexuality issues, recurrent vaginitis, case studies, adolescent health, STD treatment, flexible OC management and much more.

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Conference San Francisco

The “Contraceptive Technology” conferences will help you synthesize the data and translate the evidence into clinical “pearls” you can put directly into practice. With an array of Preconferences delving into selected specialty areas of interest, plenary sessions focusing on the “hottest” topics, a thought-provoking luncheon presentation, and 30 dynamic, interactive Concurrent Sessions, including hands-on workshops…this conference is certain to improve your clinical practice and expand your network of colleagues. Read more