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FIGO supports the International Day of Action for Women's Health 2017

FIGO supports the International Day of Action for Women's Health 2017 (28 May). Click here for more information. Join in the campaign...

FIGO congratulates new Director-General of WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been elected as the new Director-General of WHO. FIGO extends sincere congratulations to him. He has confirmed attendance at the next FIGO World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, in October 2018. Pictured at the World Health Assembly in Geneva: L-R: Professor C N...

FIGO Secretariat awarded SILVER by ‘Investors in the Environment’!

We started working with Investors in the Environment (IIE) towards reducing our impact on the environment in early 2016. We are now excited to announce that we have been awarded the ‘Silver’ level accreditation, scoring over 90 per cent in this category! We will now be putting all...

Heart failure chances could increase due to menopause timing, study shows

Postmenopausal women who reached the menopause at an early age could have more chance of suffering heart failure, findings indicate. Research from the University of California and San Francisco School shows that hormones existing during a woman’s reproductive period may be affected by...

Daily drinking could lead to increased risk of breast cancer

Daily drinking could result in an increased risk of breast cancer, a new study has indicated. A study from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Research showed that sipping an average of ten grams of alcohol a day was linked to a five per cent increased breast...

Fat metabolism may increase chances of breast cancer relapses

Residual tumour cells show changes in gene transcription and metabolism that can influence how cancerous cells synthesise and store fat, new findings show. A study from a research team led by Martin Jechlinger at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg found that alterations in fat...

Position of body fat can predict cancer risk

The position where women carry body fat could be as strong of an indicator of cancer risk as body mass index (BMI), a new study has indicated. Research from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found that body size, BMI, waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio can all lead to...

Latest FIGO Newsletter now online!

The May 2017 issue of the FIGO Newsletter is now available online. Please click here.

FIGO supports the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula (23 May 2017)

Statement from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Please click here to view the statement.

Financial worries can affect health of babies

Financial anxiety can have an adverse impact on the health of newborns, findings suggest. A study from Ohio State University found a link between monetary worries and low birth-weight babies, which can later suffer from long-term issues such as obesity and heart disease. Researchers advise...

Women risking health of newborns with needless scans, study shows

Women are putting the health of their unborn babies in jeopardy by agreeing to unnecessary scans, a new poll has suggested. The NHS currently offers scans at 12 weeks and 20 weeks in order to check the health of unborn children, but a poll from Channelmum.com found that nearly a third still pay for...

RCOG and FSRH release manifesto ahead of 2017 election

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) have published their manifesto ahead of the general election. It urges the government to consider a national maternity review, make improvements to planning services and support...

Breast cancer cells spread in gangs, study shows

When breast cancer cells spread, they move in units of tumor cells, a new study has indicated. Research from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that many of the mutations driving recurrent tumours when they appear elsewhere were part of the original tumour. Many...