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New Tao Brush Technique May Find More Female Pelvic Cancers Early

New Tao Brush Technique May Find More Female Pelvic Cancers Early
New Tao Brush Technique May Find More Female Pelvic Cancers Early

Ovarian and uterine cancers are often detected too late for effective treatment. Immuno oncology got a major boost recently with the development of an advanced Pap test that can provide early diagnosis.

Improving Early Detection of Female Pelvic Cancers

Researchers from McGill University and Johns Hopkins University teamed up to work on PapSEEK. This safe and minimally invasive test uses Pap samples from the uterus, cervix and blood to identify common genetic mutations in cancer DNA.

While the standard Pap test collects samples from the cervix, McGill professor Lucy Hopkins suggested that the team collect samples from the uterus as well to increase chances of detecting other types of cancer. They used a method called the Tao brush technique to improve the sensitivity of the test.

Going Beyond Traditional Testing

PapSEEK was tested on samples from more than 1,300 women from different hospital sites in different countries. Just over 600 of the samples were from patients with endometrial or ovarian cancer, while the others were healthy controls.

The researchers were able to detect 81 percent of endometrial cancers and 33 percent of ovarian cancers, with higher rates when the Tao brush technique was implemented. In addition, there were no false-positive results.

According to Gilbert, the Pap smear has reduced the number of cervical cancer deaths, but endometrial and ovarian cancers were going undetected. Gilbert believes that PapSEEK will be a valuable breakthrough, just as the original Pap test was.

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Watch that Powder, Talc use May Cause Uterine Cancer

Talcum Powder Linked to Uterine Cancer
Talcum Powder Linked to Uterine Cancer

Experts have warned about the use of talcum powder for years, but these claims have been a source of controversy. Researchers have recently put that controversy to rest by publishing the results of a study linking talcum powder to uterine cancer.

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that using talcum powder in the genital area can lead to a higher risk of ovarian cancer in women. In fact, this cancer risk was shown to be about one-third higher in those who use talcum powder. Scientists who participated in this study are calling for manufacturers to place labels on talcum powder products so women who use them are informed of these risks. Talcum powder is believed to raise the risk of ovarian cancer if it gets into the vagina and reaches the upper genital tract.

This study was published shortly after a jury ordered manufacturer Johnson & Johnson to pay the family of a woman who died of uterine cancer $72 million. The family claims that the woman’s use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products led to her developing this deadly form of cancer.

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital study provides further evidence that there is a link between the use of talcum powder and an increased risk of ovarian cancer. While scientists state that more research is needed, many caution against using this type of powder, especially in the genital area.

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