Effective prevention and treatment of gynecologic cancers are critically important to the women we serve. About 71,500 new cases and about 26,500 deaths result from these diseases every year in the U.S. alone. They affect the female reproductive system, including the cervix, ovaries, uterus, vagina, and vulva, and can strike women of all ages and backgrounds. Our skilled clinical team offers the full range of services for these cancers from discovery to cure, including:
- Cancer screening and diagnosis
- Surgical services
- Pre- and post-operative treatment counseling and coordination
- Cancer genetic counseling
- Cancer support group referrals
- Palliative care counseling
Here are the cancer screening options for gynecologic cancers:
Cervical cancer screening - Cervical cancer is the easiest cancer to prevent, with regular screenings and follow-up. Screening for cervical cancer focuses on two tests – the Pap test (or Pap smear) and the HPV test which looks for the human papillomavirus that can cause cell change. You should start getting regular Pap tests at age 21.
Uterine cancer screening – There is not a standard screening test for uterine cancer. If you have symptoms or, believe you may be at high risk for uterine cancer, your Ob/Gyn may perform an endometrial biopsy or transvaginal ultrasound. See symptoms in our Your Health section.
Ovarian cancer screening – There is not a standard screening test for ovarian cancer. Because that’s true, it’s very important for you to know your body and be aware of any subtle changes that may concern you. If a physician feels you may be at risk or showing signs related to ovarian cancer, you may be able to have a diagnostic test like a rectovaginal pelvic exam, a transvaginal ultrasound or a CA-125 blood test.
Vaginal cancer screening and vulvar cancer screening –There is no simple way to test for vaginal and vulvar cancer in women who don’t show symptoms. Because that’s true, it’s very important for you to know your body and be aware of subtle changes in your vaginal area. Read about possible symptoms in our Your Health section.
All of our providers can work with you to screen and diagnose gynecologic cancers as appropriate and to create an individualized treatment plan, no matter where you are located within the state. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.