Women's Health: Promising Advances, But Challenges Persist
The field of women's health is one of the most progressive medical technology sectors in the US, driven by the aging population, diagnostic advances in deadly ovarian and colorectal cancer, and medical device innovations in gynecologic and urogynecologic disease management, including a shift toward minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques and robotics and the addition of a new field: bariatric gynecology. At the WH 2.0 Consensus Conference on Women's Health, held recently in Los Angeles, experts agreed that advances in medical technology are promising better detection and treatment of a host of diseases impacting both premenopausal and postmenopausal women. However, challenges remain in managing obesity-related disease and improving screening for often-undetected cancers in women.
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