Cervical cancer screening fears delay testing, says trust
Confusion and fear about cervical cancer and testing is putting women’s lives at risk, research has found. A survey found 36% of women aged 25-29 questioned had failed to attend a test in 2012-13, with some citing worries about pain or embarrassment as factors.
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust chief executive Robert Music said “Currently just under 3,000 UK women are diagnosed each year and if those who are delaying their screening continue to misunderstand the disease and how it can be prevented, then we are concerned that screening uptake will continue to fall and incidence will start to rise.”
A large study has for the first time shown an increased risk of the commonest type of ovarian cancer (low grade serous type) in women with a history of endometriosis.
13 226 controls and 7911 women with invasive ovarian cancer were included in this analysis. The risk of having had a diagnosis of endometriosis in the past doubled the risk of having low grade serous ovarian cancer and tripled the risk of clear cell ovarian cancer.
Implications for practice: Women with a history of endometriosis should be monitored more closely for ovarian cancer.
Reference: Pearce CL, Templeman C, Rossing MA, et al. on behalf of the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium. Association between endometriosis and risk of histological subtypes of ovarian cancer: a pooled analysis of case-control studies. Lancet Oncol 2012;13:385-94.
Cervical, uterine and vulval cancers increasing over the last 10 years
Cancer Research UK has published the latest cancer rates in the UK from 2000-2002 to 2009-2011and have shown a 3% increase in cervical cancer, a 10% increase in vulval cancer and a 23% increase in uterine cancers but a 10% decrease in ovarian cancer.