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FIGO/Chien-Tien Hsu Fellowship on Gynecologic Oncology

The Chien-Tien Hsu Research Foundation and FIGO have established a Fellowship on Gynecologic Oncology to enable young obstetricians and gynecologists - who are beginning a career in gynecologic oncology - to attend the FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and to visit a gynecologic...

Latest FIGO Newsletter now online!

The September 2017 issue of the FIGO Newsletter is now available online. Please click here . The FIGO President (centre) demonstrating the ‘FIGO Gyn Cancer Management’ app at the 25th Asian & Oceanic Congress of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (AOCOG), Hong Kong (June 2017), with the...

Non-medical gender-biased sex selection - a joint ICM-FIGO statement

Non-medical gender-biased sex selection A joint statement from the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). Please click here to view the statement. French version Spanish version

Women have superior response to oesophageal cancer

Female patients with locally advanced oesophageal cancer that is treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy before surgery are more likely to have a favourable response to the treatment than male patients, according to a new study. The research, conducted by the Mayo Clinic, US, also found...

Study: India must avoid a breast cancer epidemic

A lack of early diagnosis of breast cancer in India is leading the country towards an epidemic, it has been reported. According to a study published in the Journal of Business Research - which was the first of its kind to look at breast cancer in India - educating men could be key to encouraging...

FGM revealed to be widespread in Kerala

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is still being carried out in several parts of Kerala in India, including Thiruvananthapuram, even though it is being labelled a criminal offence, it has been reported. According to Sahiyo - an organisation working to stop the practice - FGM is still being performed...

Statins: Women with high cholesterol have lower rates of breast cancer

Women with high cholesterol have significantly lower rates of breast cancer and improved mortality, it has been revealed. According to a 14-year study in more than one million people, there is also evidence that statins are associated with lower rates of breast cancer and subsequent mortality...

Flame retardants linked to reduced fertility

A new study has found that women with higher concentrations of a common type of flame retardant in their urine had a reduced likelihood of clinical pregnancy and live birth than those with lower concentrations. The research was carried out by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, US, and...

Improved survival among premature babies, finds study

A new study has found that the survival of preterm babies (those born before 37 weeks) has increased around the world. Researchers, based at INSERM, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, compared rates of survival - and survival without neuromotor and sensory disabilities...

Scotland urged to make sanitary products free

A member of the Scottish Parliament is urging ministers to make sanitary products free for women who need them. Monica Lennon, Labour spokesperson for inequalities, has said that access to these items should be “a basic right”. She has called for universities, schools and colleges to...

Climate change-related extreme heat may adversely affect pregnancy

New research has claimed that pregnant women are an important but largely overlooked group vulnerable to the effects of climate change-related extreme heat. The study was conducted by Dr Sabrina McCormick, of the Milken Institute School of Public Health (MPH) at George Washington University, US...

NHS access to IVF ‘being cut across England’

A UK charity has said the country’s National Health Service (NHS) is cutting down on in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in 13 areas in England in order to save money. Fertility Network UK has said the situation is getting worse in comparison to Scotland, where women can get three full cycles of IVF...

New test can predict risk of breast cancer returning

New research has revealed a way for scientists to spot women at high risk of breast cancer recurring within ten years of diagnosis. The study, conducted by the Institute of Cancer Research, London, found that women with a high number of immune cell ‘hotspots’ in and around tumours were...