Although a lot of research links medical illnesses to decreased sexual function, few studies have focused specifically on the sexual health of women who were treated for cancer as children.

Although a lot of research links medical illnesses to decreased sexual function, few studies have focused specifically on the sexual health of women who were treated for cancer as children. A recent article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reported the results of the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, a large retrospective review launched in 1994 to examine late effects in long-term childhood cancer survivors. In the study, a group of 2,178 adult survivors aged 18 to 51 reported significantly lower sexual functioning, interest, desire, arousal, satisfaction, and activity than a control group consisting of 408 of their siblings. and female sisters. Risk factors for this psychosexual dysfunction, which arises from mental or emotional distress, include premature ovarian failure, radiation therapy to the brain, and being diagnosed with cancer in adolescence. The researchers hope that understanding the incidence and risk factors for poor sexual health could lead to screening tools or interventions that could prevent or mitigate these problems.