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Participants Needed for Cervical Cancer Detection Study

Participants Needed for Cervical Cancer Detection Study
M. D. Anderson News Release 03/12/02

A free health physical and Pap smear are available for women who enroll in a cervical cancer research study coordinated by The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The study tests a new cervical cancer detection method that uses a small fiber-optic probe to detect normal and abnormal tissue on the cervix. 

Study participants receive a health history, physical exam and Pap smear. There is no charge to the participant, and incentives are given based upon study qualification.  Participants must be over 18 years of age, must have a cervix (no hysterectomy), and not be pregnant. Both pre-menopausal and post-menopausal women are being screened. 

Currently, participants may be seen at M. D. Anderson or Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital. Additional locations are anticipated to open this year. For more information or to register for the cervical probe study, contact Yvette Mirabal, (713) 745-4983.

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women worldwide. When cervical cancer is detected early, it is one of the most successfully treatable cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. An estimated 13,000 cases of invasive cervical cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2002 in the United States.

The incidence rate of cervical cancer in African-American women is 11.3 per 100,000, compared to 7.0 per 100,000 for Caucasian women.

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