(MILAN) -- An intrauterine contraceptive device may successfully treat endometrial hyperplasia, a precancerous condition, and early stage endometrial cancer, according to a small study. As MedPage Today reports, researchers analyzed results from 34 women, ages 20 through 40, implanted with an intrauterine device (IUD). They found that almost all of the patients with atypical endometrial hyperplasia were cured by a year's exposure to the IUD, along with six months of hormone therapy, as Dr. Lucas Minig of the Hospital Universitario Madrid Sanchinarro in Madrid and colleagues reported. Minig was formerly at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy, where the study was carried out. Additionally, 57.1 percent of women with well-differentiated endometrial cancer limited to the endometrium had a complete response to the therapy, Minig and co-authors wrote online in Annals of Oncology. The finding offers the possibility of therapy that would allow many women to avoid a hysterectomy and have children.
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