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Study Does Not Support Intensified Screening of Vulvar or Vaginal Malignancies in IBD

Although inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients are at higher risk of HPV-related cancers, the data did not support intensified screening for vulvar or vaginal malignancies in female IBD patients, according to a study published in Digestive and Liver Disease.1

However earlier onset cancer was reported, and lymphomas were detected in some patients, which tends to be rare in the genital tract. 

“A high percentage of HPV-related tumors might explain the younger age at diagnosis. HPV is strongly associated with higher rates of vaginal cancer in the general population, and other research suggests that IBD patients are at an increased risk for other cancers including cervical cancer,” investigator Maxine D. Rouvroye, MD, PhD candidate, of Amsterdam UMC, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and Amsterdam Gastroenterology & Metabolism, said in a press release.2 “Unfortunately, our data…

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