SEER Seeing Results

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About one in 4 Americans is registered in what is called the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results study. As these Americans get cancer they get followed as to how they do. The study doesn’t formally group each patient, they get grouped according to how they were treated by their physicians. For instance, in a study published in the spring of 2010 in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons they reported on 1400 women with the vary earliest forms of Cervical cancer, looking at both what they called Stage IA1 and IA2 cancers. Actually IA! Cancers, a cancer that is only 3 mm by 7 mm or less invasion past the surface’s basement membrane account for about 60 to 70% of all cervical cancers, so about 7000 cancers per year. So over the 9 years they gathered data for this study they probably looked at 1400/63,000 or as I estimate about 2% of all of those cancers that occurred. With this particular study they were able to look at women avoiding hysterectomy and preserving fertility, and they were able to look at the factors that would allow that surgery to be safe. A very potent and potentially could be a medical standard changing way to look at our treatments of women just by studying women registered in the SEER data base. So the GynoGab Gal’s recommendation is if you are asked, this is one volunteer job you need to say yes to!

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