- Cervical Cancer Breakthrough (WebMD.com)
"Scientists have successfully destroyed cervical cancer cells using a new technique that is being hailed as one of the most important developments in medicine for decades."
"The technique, called RNA interference (RNAi), completely eliminated all the cancer cells growing in a test tube, yet left healthy cells unharmed. The scientists called the results 'absolutely remarkable.' "
"Professor Jo Milner, who led the investigation at the University of York, said that in her long career as a cell biologist she had never before witnessed such a powerful anti-cancer agent that was so highly specific in selecting tumour cells." 9-02
- Fertility Maintained for Cervical Cancer Patient (CBS News)
"It sounds a little like science fiction, but researchers in the Netherlands report they were able to preserve fertility in a 29-year-old cervical cancer patient by removing her ovary prior to treatment and placing it inside her upper arm." 10-04
- First-Ever Cancer Vaccine Approved (USA Today)
"The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it has approved the first vaccine designed to prevent cancer."
"The vaccine, Gardasil, blocks infection by two types of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which account for about 70% of cervical cancer cases." 06-06
- Inexpensive Vinegar Test for Cervical Cancer (PBS.org)
"Cervical cancer used to kill more women in the United States than any other cancer. Today, deaths in the U.S. are almost unheard of thanks to a decades-old test called a Pap smear, which allows for early detection and treatment."
"In India, however, tens of thousands of women still die each year from cervical cancer."
"It turns out there may be a simple answer. It's a cheap and easy test developed by scientists at Johns Hopkins University and other institutions. And it relies on something you probably have in your kitchen." 12-12
- Study: HPV, Virus That Causes Cancer in Women, Is Very Common (ABC News)
"And the figures could have the greatest implications for younger women. Researchers found that among females 14 to 24 years of age, 34 percent were infected with HPV. That suggests 7.5 million teens and young women infected nationwide — much more than the 4.6 million in previous estimates."
"Harper says vaccination against HPV does not provide 100 percent protection against cervical cancer, and women still need to have regular Pap smears as recommended by their doctor to allow for early detection of changes in the cervix." 02-07