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January 6th, 2017

Vaginal microbes point toward early detection and screening for endometrial cancer

By Sharon Rosen

vaginal-micro-550x309-copyArticle by Colette Gallagher, Public Affairs

Marina Walther-Antonio, Ph.D., a researcher from the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, set out to discover the role microbiomes play in the development of endometrial cancer. Mayo researchers conducted the first direct assessment uterine microbiome study published in Genome Medicine.

As a result of the study, researchers now know that:

  • The uterine microbiome of women with endometrial cancer is different from the uterine microbiome of women without endometrial cancer.
  • The microbes present in the vaginal environment of women with endometrial cancer are also different from the microbes present in the vaginal environment of women without endometrial cancer.
Dr. Marina Walther-Antonio

Dr. Marina Walther-Antonio

“These findings provide important insights into the etiology or manifestation of the disease with broad implications for biomarker development in the early detection of, and screening for, endometrial cancer,” says Dr. Walther-Antonio.

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Tags: #uterine microbiome, biomarker, center for individualized medicine, Dr. Marina Walther-Antonio, Endometrial cancer, mayo clinic, medical research, Uncategorized

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