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Dysgerminomas in Women with Down Syndrome

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

We received a request for information on dysgerminomas in women with Down syndrome. Dysgerminomas are germ cell tumors that typically occur in the ovary. Testicular cancer is the comparable cancer in men with Down syndrome. Testicular cancer has been found to be more common in men with Down syndrome

Use of Prolia to Treat Osteoporosis

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

We were asked a question about the use of Prolia to treat osteoporosis in individuals with Down syndrome. Osteoporosis is a condition in which a person's bones become brittle or weak. It can lead to an increase in fractures. Prolia is a prescription medication that is injected once every 6 m

Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Down Syndrome

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Recommendations for breast cancer screening have varied over time and continue to vary. Organizations have different recommendations for when women should start being screened for breast cancer and how often they should be screened. Breast cancer is most commonly screened for with a mammogram, or an

Benefits and Harms of Mammography Screening for Women with Down Syndrome

Author: Alagoz et al. - Journal of General Internal Medicine (2019)

Abstract: Background:  Women with Down syndrome have a lower breast cancer risk and significantly lower life expectancies than women without Down syndrome. Therefore, it is not clear whether mammography screening strategies used for women without Down syndrome would benefit women with Down

Effect of Menopause on Cognition in Women with Down Syndrome?

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

What is the effect of menopause on cognition in women with Down syndrome? Menopause, defined as the cessation of menses (periods) for 12 months, occurs at a slightly younger age in women with Down syndrome than in women without Down syndrome. The median age of menopause in women with Down syndrome i

Use of Birth Control in Women with Down Syndrome

Author: Monica Jolanta Wojciechowski, DO - Family Medicine Resident, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Women with Down syndrome (DS) experience similar gynecological concerns as women without DS. However, women with DS may have trouble expressing these concerns to medical professionals. Menstruation, fertility, sexual activity, pregnancy, birth control, and menopause can all affect women with DS. Bir

Mammograms

Author: Sravanthi Paritala, MD - Family Medicine Resident, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

What is a mammogram? A mammogram is a special type of x-ray that looks for breast cancer, which is the most common cancer among women. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that women get mammograms every other year beginning at age 50. What are the benefits? Early det

Osteoporosis and Osteopenia: Low Bone Density

Author: Kevin Conley, MD - Family Medicine Resident, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Osteoporosis and osteopenia are conditions where bones become more brittle and prone to breaking. Osteopenia is the less severe form and a signal to work on improving bone health. Anyone can develop these conditions but women are more likely to – one-third of women will have a fracture due

Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Down Syndrome

Author: Chicoine, Roth, Chicoine, & Sulo - Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (2015)

Abstract: This study examined mammogram reports of women with Down syndrome (DS) treated in the largest medical facility specifically serving adults with DS in the United States. Records of 684 women and results of 993 mammograms were reviewed, including 902 screening and 93 diagnostic mammograms. O

Birth Control Pills and Blood Clots

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Is it safe for women with Down syndrome to take the birth control pill (oral contraceptives)? We have a number of female patients who successfully take oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) for a variety of reasons including birth control, managing dysmenorrhea (discomfort during menses), reduction of moo

Depo-Provera

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

We received a question about the use of Depo-Provera. Depo-Provera is an injection of progesterone that is used to: Prevent pregnancy Reduce periods and/or symptoms from periods The injection is given every 3 months. Many women will stop having their menses (periods) when receiving the Depo-Provera

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