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Lesbian women cervical screening myth is ‘dangerous’

Lesbian women cervical screening myth is ‘dangerous’

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The "dangerous myth" that gay and bisexual women cannot get cervical cancer means thousands could be missing out on screening, NHS England says.Any sexual activity can pass on the HPV virus, which causes the vast majority of cervical cancers.But a survey suggests one in five LGB women has never been for a test.Anyone with a cervix, between the ages of 25 and 64 should go for regular screening, health experts said.The figures are based on a report into attitudes to cervical screening among lesbian, gay and bisexual women in the North West of England.While the majority were aware they needed to go for cervical screening, 8% thought LGB women did not need the test or didn't know if it was required. And 21% thought LGB women were at lower risk of cervical can...
Prostate cancer screening scan hope

Prostate cancer screening scan hope

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Hundreds of UK men are trying out a new screening test for prostate cancer to see if it should eventually be offered routinely on the NHS. The test is a non-invasive MRI scan that takes images of the inside of the body to check for any abnormal growths. Scientists running the trial say it will take a few years to know if MRI will be better than available blood tests and biopsies at spotting cancers. NHS England said it would review this "potentially exciting" development.Why don't we already screen for prostate cancer?The UK currently doesn't offer routine screening because there is no reliable test. A blood test, called PSA, can check for high levels of a protein that can sometimes indicate that the person might have prostate cancer, but it is not always...
‘Cancer screening should be as easy as booking a flight’

‘Cancer screening should be as easy as booking a flight’

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Making an appointment for breast and cervical cancer screening should be as simple as booking a plane ticket online, says the man behind an overhaul of the current system in England.Prof Sir Mike Richards said text reminders and out-of-hours appointments were also a good idea.Cervical screening or smear-test rates are at their lowest for a decade.His interim report calls for technology to be used to stop the decline so more lives can be saved.There are three national cancer screening programmes in England: Cervical screening - offered to women aged 25 to 64, every three years for women aged up to 49 and every five years from 50 to 64 Breast screening - offered to women aged 50 to 70, with women over 70 able to self-refer for scre...
New screening could accurately predict type 1 diabetes risk in babies

New screening could accurately predict type 1 diabetes risk in babies

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Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A new screening may forecast type 1 diabetes risk in babies, a new study says. The new risk score known as the T1DGRS2 showed twice the efficiency as existing tests in predicting the chance of babies developing Type 1 diabetes, new findings published Thursday in Diabetes Care. "Prediction of what diseases we might get in the future is an important area, and type 1 diabetes has a strong genetic element that we are now able to measure very well," Richard Oram, a researcher at University of Exeter, said in a press release. "Measurement of the type 1 diabetes genetic risk score could help predict who will develop the condition from early life could help with research into potential early life interventions, and with classifying diabetes correctly at diagnosis." Current type 1...
NIH recommends universal suicide risk screening for adolescents

NIH recommends universal suicide risk screening for adolescents

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Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health have suggested that providing intervention programs in medical environments could help fight youth suicides. A study from earlier this year, published in Psychosomatics, displays a new three-tiered clinical pathway system universal suicide risk screening within pediatric health care environments. "Suicide is a major public health concern and early detection is a critical prevention strategy," Joshua A. Gordon, NIMH Director and study author, said in a news release. "Part of NIMH's suicide prevention research portfolio focuses primarily on testing and implementing effective strategies for identifying individuals at risk of suicide. Results from these research efforts are poised to make a real difference and help save l...