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A new study in the British Journal of Medicine reports that women with cervical cancer are more likely to survive if they were diagnosed with a Pap smear, reports CBS News' Ryan Jaslow. The researchers tracked more than 1,200 cervical cancer patients and found that the women who had been diagnosed through a Pap smear had a 92 percent cure rate compared to a 66 percent cure rate in women who were diagnosed because they had symptoms, Jaslow says. The researchers add that waiting for symptoms to appear means the cancer is further along when detected and is then harder to treat.

The Scan

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.

Study Reveals Potential Sex-Specific Role for Noncoding RNA in Depression

A long, noncoding RNA called FEDORA appears to be a sex-specific regulator of major depressive disorder, affecting more women, researchers report in Science Advances.

New mRNA Vaccines Offer Hope for Fighting Malaria

A George Washington University-led team has developed mRNA vaccines for malaria that appear to provide protection in mice, as they report in NPJ Vaccines.

Unique Germline Variants Found Among Black Prostate Cancer Patients

Through an exome sequencing study appearing in JCO Precision Oncology, researchers have found unique pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants within a cohort of Black prostate cancer patients.