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
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
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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
Your 60s should see you continuing your periodic Pap smears and HPV tests, mammogram, pelvic exams and colon cancer screenings (if needed), advises Holly L. Thacker, MD. You should have had your shingles vaccine by age 60, and by 65 you need the pneumonia vaccine and a bone density scan. Check your senses: are you having regular hearing and eye exams? You should!
Holly L. Thacker, MD, discusses perimenopause, the time in your 40s where you go through many hormonal fluctuations. These can lead to very heavy or skipped periods. You don’t have to suffer from these — there are many treatment options. In your 40s we still do periodic Pap smears and HPV tests, and add other screenings, including diabetes, cholesterol and thyroid, to keep you healthy.
Holly L. Thacker, MD, talks about the tests and screenings you need in your 20s to protect your health now and for the future. At 21, you should get the first of your Pap smear screenings.
We know doctor visits that involve stirrups aren’t exactly your favorite way to spend the day, but when you consider the risks of not going for your routine exam, they seem like a walk in the park. Women can reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer and increase their likelihood of survival just by going … Read More