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April 2018 - Upcoming FIGO Regional Congress of Middle East and Africa!

FIGO is holding a Regional Congress of Middle East and Africa from 11-13 April 2018. Please click here for full details.

'Women’s access to contraception at risk' - FIGO supports World Contraception Day 2017

Statement from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) on World Contraception Day 2017. Please click here to view the statement.

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...

Cancer linked with breast implants ‘may be underreported’

A rare cancer developed by some patients with breast implants may be on the rise, but not all patients or doctors are aware of the risks of augmentation, according to new research. Scientists from Penn State College of Medicine explained that breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma...

Machine learning can identify pre-breast cancer lesions

A machine learning tool has the ability to help identify which high-risk breast lesions are likely to become cancerous, according to a new study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), US. Researchers said the technology has the potential to reduce unnecessary surgeries. High-risk breast lesions...

Safety of HPV vaccination in adult women investigated

Researchers at the Statens Serum Institut, in Denmark, have been investigating whether the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination is safe in adult women. In their study of more than three million Danish and Swedish women, they found that it was not linked with 44 serious chronic diseases. However,...

NHS professionals instructed to ask patients about sexuality

The NHS is to recommend health professionals ask patients aged 16 and over what their sexual orientation is, under new guidelines. NHS England has said the measure is designed to ensure that "no patent is discriminated against", although nobody will be forced to answer the question. A...

Warning over sexual health centre closures in London

Experts have warned that many women could see their sexual health suffer as a result of the closure of some clinics in London. Plans to switch from drop-in clinics to an online system based on self-testing have seen the closure of six clinics in the capital this year, a development that has...

Mothers 'should avoid sleeping on their back in late pregnancy'

New mothers should avoid sleeping on their backs during late pregnancy in order to protect their baby's health, according to a new study. Research from the University of Auckland assessed 30 pregnant women at 34 to 38 weeks gestation and found that sleeping on one's back, rather than on the...

Higher lymphocyte infiltration predicts increased ovarian cancer survival rates

A new study from the Mayo Clinic and University of New South Wales Sydney has revealed how levels of immune response could be used to predict survival rates in patients with ovarian cancer. Published by the Ovarian Tumor Tissue Analysis Consortium in JAMA Oncology, the research examined levels of a...

Menopausal women 'reluctant to take hormone therapies despite benefits'

Women are reluctant to take hormone therapies to alleviate the symptoms of menopause, despite their proven benefits. This is according to a new study presented during the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) annual meeting in Philadelphia, which indicated that many women remain sceptical of the...

Multivitamins during pregnancy linked to lower risk of autism with intellectual disability

Children whose mothers took multivitamins during pregnancy are roughly 30 per cent less likely to develop autism with a co-occurring intellectual disability, according to a new study led by Drexel University, US. The researchers examined data collected over more than a decade in Sweden and found...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month worldwide. It sees women joining forces to raise awareness of the disease, which is the most common cancer in the UK. Some one in eight women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and one person is diagnosed with the disease every ten...