Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, thanks to Pap tests and the HPV vaccine. A new study says that a substantial increase in both screening and vaccination could prevent up to 13 million cases of cervical cancer worldwide within 50 years.
Even though we’ve seen great strides in HPV prevention and treatment, the benefits are limited to a small population — women with access to HPV tests and vaccines. Find out how HPV self-tests could change the game and help more women all over the world.
Cases of the human papilloma virus (HPV) — a sexually transmitted disease with a proven link to cancer — have fallen since a vaccine to prevent the disease was introduced in 2006, a new study says.
A diagnosis of cancer in a woman’s reproductive organs can lead to fears about losing her femininity and her ability to bear children. But according to gynecologic oncologist Robert DeBernardo, MD, gynecological cancers aren’t common, and most can be easily treated. “Gynecological cancers are rare in the grand scheme when compared to lung or colon … Read More
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If you have cervical cancer and need a hysterectomy, a robotic-assisted surgery could offer you some advantages over traditional surgery. If the cancer is detected early enough, doctors may recommend radical hysterectomy as a treatment option, says gynecologic oncologist Thomas Morrissey, MD. Today, surgeons more frequently suggest robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical hysterectomy as a faster, less … Read More
Not every woman needs a pelvic exam every year, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians (ACP). However, you may want to hold off on canceling that appointment. Experts say skipping your pelvic exam could still have some unintended negative consequences on your health. The pelvic exam has important benefits, says OB/GYN … Read More
Most women would rather avoid a Pap test that isn’t necessary — and now they can. Recently, the FDA approved the HPV DNA test that can be used as a stand-alone test without a Pap smear. This test, which has been approved for women age 25 and older, gives your gynecologist another tool for diagnosing cervical cancer. The test … Read More
It can be hard to know what questions to ask when your doctor says you have cancer. Since oncologists often present “just the facts,” without necessarily opening up the floor for questions, it’s good to be proactive. After a cancer diagnosis, here are seven questions I suggest patients ask: 1. Where do you recommend getting … Read More
Rates of cervical cancer in the U.S. have dipped to all-time lows, not only because of early detection through regular Pap tests, but also because of quick, effective treatments for pre-cancerous cervical tissues, including the loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP). LEEP, a simple and common surgical procedure, uses a thin, low-voltage electrified wire loop. This … Read More
If you ever wondered how frequently you should visit the gynecologist, here’s your answer. Colleen Raymond, MD, OB/GYN at Cleveland Clinic, encourages patients to visit their OB/GYN once a year. She says an annual gynecologic exam and Pap smear involves more than a cervical cancer screening. There are other important annual screenings your gynecologist performs, … Read More