Although there have been impressive advancements in cancer care in recent years, cancer remains a serious health threat to women of all ages. Cancer screening is a routine part of gynecologic care at West Kendall OBGYN. For those in the areas of Kendall and West Kendall, Miami and Doral, FL, the guidance and services available from this team of skilled women’s health professionals are invaluable resources. Call or use the online scheduling tool to book your visit today.
Cancer Screening Q&A
What Types of Cancer Screening are Available?
The team at West Kendall OBGYN has a range of tools to detect signs of cancer in the earliest stages. The primary focus is on cancers that affect your reproductive system. Those cancers include:
Fallopian tube cancer
Your gynecologist also performs a thorough breast exam during your well-woman visit to check for tissue abnormalities that could indicate breast cancer. If found, they may recommend a mammogram.
How Does a Pap Smear Detect Cervical Cancer?
A Pap smear is the best available tool for detecting cervical cancer. Even better, Pap smear testing can detect cellular changes that occur prior to the development of cancer. This means you can decide on a treatment path before cervical cancer is underway.
A Pap smear is a simple process completed during a routine pelvic exam at West Kendall OBGYN. A small spatula or brush is used to collect a small sample of cervical cells. Those cells go to a lab where microscopic examination for signs of cancer takes place.
Not so long ago, cervical cancer was a leading cause of death among women. Today, thanks to the widespread use of Pap smear testing, most cases of cervical cancer are treated early, when the chances of successful treatment are highest.
How are Other Gynecologic Cancers Detected?
Aside from cervical cancer, no other types of gynecologic cancer have a screening test. However, your gynecologist can look for signs of tissue abnormalities during your routine exams.
It’s also helpful for you to know the signs of gynecologic cancer, so you know when to schedule a diagnostic exam. Some things to look for include:
Abnormal bleeding or discharge
Pelvic pain or pressure
Frequent need to urinate
Changes in vulva skin
Abdominal or back pain
Tenderness, itching, or burning sensations in your vulva
You know your body better than anyone. If you feel that something just isn’t right, there’s no harm in coming in for an exam. Schedule today using the online booking tool or call West Kendall OBGYN during business hours to check appointment availability.