Breakthroughs Blog

City of Hope has so many breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS - and so many stories - that we've tailored our blog, Breakthroughs, to provide something for every reader. Whether the breakthroughs are about medical research, treatment advances or personal triumphs, they're all connected.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Cervical Cancer

September 29, 2017 | Dory Benford

In the case of cervical cancer, there is good news. Over the past 40 years, the mortality rate for cervical cancer patients has decreased by over 50 percent, thanks to the increased prevalence of the Pap test. The even better news is that in many cases, cervical cancer can be avoided altogether.

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HPV vaccination: 4 facts you should know

January 27, 2016 | H. Chung So

Health experts agree that getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) is the easiest and most effective way to prevent cervical cancers. However, vaccination rates in the United States remain low, with only 40 percent of girls and 21 percent of boys having completed the three-dose cycle in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Reduce your risk of cervical cancer: get screened for HPV

January 11, 2016 | Veronique de Turenne

Get screened for HPV. That’s the message from experts working to reduce the number of cervical cancer cases.

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New guidelines recommend against pelvic exams for women. But wait ...

July 2, 2014 | Nicole White

New pelvic exam recommendations or not, women shouldn't give up those routine gynecological appointments. The revised guidelines from the American College of Physicians exempt most women from pelvic examinations, but a cancer specialist at City of Hope says women should still plan on regular visits with their gynecologist for cancer screening.

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Cervical cancer study suggests extended screening might be necessary

May 15, 2014 | Nicole White

Rates of cervical cancer in the United States have been greatly underestimated, especially among women in their 60s and black women, according to a new study in the journal Cancer . A new study found that the rates of cervical cancer have been greatly underestimated.

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HPV test instead of Pap test? Cervical cancer expert weighs in

March 14, 2014 | Roberta Nichols

If the new recommendations of a Food and Drug Administration  (FDA) advisory panel are widely adopted, HPV testing eventually may replace the Pap test as the primary way to detect cervical cancer. City of Hope cervical cancer expert says the recommendations have merit.

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'Ask the Experts: HPV and Links to Cancer': What you need to know

February 10, 2014 | Valerie Zapanta

What is HPV? How is it linked to cancer? How can I prevent it? Those are some of the questions many women have about human papillomavirus, or HPV. City of Hope physicians will provide the answers at our Feb.

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ASCO 2013: Vinegar for cervical cancer screening (VIDEOS)

June 3, 2013 | Hiu Chung So

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago, May 31 through June 4, showcased two landmark studies about cervical cancer. One analyzed the effectiveness of a low-cost screening method in developing countries; the other found that the drug Avastin may benefit women with advanced disease.

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To fight cancer, get screened – regularly

February 22, 2013 | Hiu Chung So

One in a series of articles about how to reduce the risk of cancer... The adage “you can’t fix what you don’t know is broken” rings particularly true for cancers, where early detection means more effective treatments and better survival odds.

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