health care provider standing in front of gynecology stirrups holding swabs for Pap smear
DNA Methylation Could Predict Ovarian, Breast Cancers
A pair of new studies finds that analyzing material from a Pap smear can reveal tumor risk in distant parts of the body, potentially allowing early interventions.
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DNA Methylation Could Predict Ovarian, Breast Cancers
DNA Methylation Could Predict Ovarian, Breast Cancers

A pair of new studies finds that analyzing material from a Pap smear can reveal tumor risk in distant parts of the body, potentially allowing early interventions.

A pair of new studies finds that analyzing material from a Pap smear can reveal tumor risk in distant parts of the body, potentially allowing early interventions.

ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, ANASTAS_

cervical cancer

Virologist Keerti Shah Dies
Catherine Offord | Aug 2, 2019
The Johns Hopkins University researcher’s work helped solidify the link between human papillomavirus and cervical cancer, leading to the approval of the HPV vaccine in 2006.
Taller People More Prone to Cancer
Abby Olena | Oct 24, 2018
The increased risk is slight, but aligns with a longstanding hypothesis that having more cells in one’s body leads to more chances for those cells to become cancerous.
Image of the Day: Henrietta Lacks
The Scientist Staff | May 12, 2018
A painting of the woman who was the source of HeLa cells will be on view at the National Portrait Gallery beginning May 15.
Genetic Test Could Replace Pap Smear
Kerry Grens | Apr 25, 2014
The US Food and Drug Administration approves a cervical test for human papillomavirus to be used as a primary cancer screening tool.
Failed vaccine trial raises questions
Jef Akst | Jun 23, 2011
In contrast to yesterday’s news about the success of an HPV vaccine program in Australia, an Indian trial of the vaccine is stoking unfounded fear among the public and exposing some questionable ethical standards.
HPV vaccine shows promise
Jef Akst | Jun 22, 2011
An HPV vaccination program in Australia appears to have resulted in a drop in cervical lesions among young women.