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Posted Sep 13 2008 2:27pm

There’s a theme to our water cooler/coffee pot discussions this week: genes and women’s health.

Uterine Cancer May Be Clue to Inherited Cancer Syndrome: A new study showed that 1.8 percent (or about one in 50) of newly diagnosed endometrial cancer patients have inherited mutations for Lynch syndrome, a condition also known as hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer, or HNPCC. Screening, of course, can reduce risk of further cancers.

Estrogen Therapy, Blood Clots & Genes: So we know that blood clots are usually caused by the confluence of a number of factors — things like being overweight, smoking, taking oral contraceptives, having certain genes. Any of these factors individually increase your risk, and multiple factors compound your risk. So if you’re considering estrogen therapy, you should weigh your cumulative risk for blood clots. The one thing most people don’t know about are their genes, but cheek-swab genetic testing is available for inherited blood clotting disorders.

Multivitamins, Pregnancy & Preeclampsia: If you’re planning a pregnancy, start taking that multivitamin pill now (if you don’t already). It’s a simple, easy thing to do and can significantly reduce your risk for preeclampsia, the leading cause of premature birth and maternal/fetal death. Research from the University of Pittsburgh. Hat tip to Gloria Gamat.

(One of these stories is not like the other, one of these stories is not about genes. But the doula in me says it’s something every woman should know.)

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