Thursday, April 17, 2014

Menstrual cycle might indicate ovarian cancer risk

Barbara A. Cohn, Ph.D., M.P.H.,
director of the Child Health and
Development Studies at the
Public Health Institute in
Berkeley, Calif
MEDPAGE TODAY – April 14, 2014 – Women with irregular menstrual cycles had a nearly 2.5-fold increased chance of dying from ovarian cancer, according to researchers. They presented data from a large study at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2014, last week. The study analyzed data from14,403 women  who had a single live birth and had enrolled in the 50-year Child Health and Development Studies. Using medical reports and self-reported data from these women on their menstrual irregularity, they found that 13 percent reported menstrual irregularities when they were about 26 years of age and 64 of them died from ovarian cancer at around age 69 . Lead researcher Barbara Cohn said there a number of anatomical, hormonal, and metabolic abnormalities that might explain the study findings.

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