OB/GYN Health Associates offers a wide range of cancer screening and diagnostic services for breast and cervical cancer.
FOR BREAST CANCER:
Instruction in breast self-examination (BSE)
Members of OB/GYN Health Associates’ staff can teach you to perform breast self-examination so you can check your breasts monthly to detect lumps or other changes. A woman who regularly performs BSE can become an ‘expert’ on her breasts, and that knowledge may be helpful if she develops a problem later. Any new lump should be evaluated by your doctor.
In their early stages, some abnormalities may not show up on a mammogram. Early detection increases the odds that treatment will be successful. Your doctor’s recommendation that you have (or not have) a mammogram will be based on your age and other risk factors, such as a family history of breast cancer.
FOR CERVICAL CANCER:
Cervical cancer often has no symptoms until it has spread, but a Pap smear makes early detection possible. Pap smears are performed routinely during a pelvic examination to identify abnormal cells from the cervix and other reproductive organs. The doctor scrapes a small amount of tissue from the cervix for examination under a microscope.
Doctors recommend that woman have her first Pap smear at age 21, or earlier if she is sexually active.
The New Harvard Guide to Women’s Health, by Karen J. Carlson, M.D., Stephanie A. Eisenstat, M.D., and Terra Ziporyn, Ph.D. Harvard University Press (2004).