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Gynecologic Cancer Prevention

Gynecologic cancers incorporate a handful of cancers in the same part of the body that occur for completely different reasons, so it's important to review your own personal history and concerns with your doctor for a personalized risk assessment. Our expert physicians are located across the greater Dayton area to make healthy screening both convenient and affordable. Call us at (855) 500-2873 to schedule an appointment today.

All women have at least a small risk for developing gynecologic cancers; that risk may be exacerbated by your age, family history of gynecologic cancers, inherited gene mutations, weight, if you already have other cancers, or if you are post-menopause. Your age is an especially important factor to keep in mind. As time passes, you should be more and more vigilant. While some factors seem like they are out of your control, sharing this information with your doctor ensures you're appropriately screened for gynecologic cancers.

In order to assess your risk, your doctor will also want to know if you've used oral contraceptives or hormonal replacement therapy, as well as when you had your first child.

In general, practicing healthy habits such as exercising 3 or more days a week and eating a healthy diet including fruits, vegetables and whole grains can keep you in great shape. Eliminating tobacco use and limiting your alcohol intake to one serving per day can also is also a big lift.

If you're under the age of 26, it's not too late to get vaccinated - and it could greatly decrease your risk of cervical cancer. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is an extremely common sexually transmitted infection that will permanently increase your cervical cancer risk. While HPV symptoms are often relatively minor, taking measures to protect your body from cervical cancer is ultimately worthwhile. Getting the vaccine as a young adult before becoming sexually active can prevent cervical cancer.

Frequent checkups may not sound like a form of gynecologic cancer prevention, but an early diagnosis could make all the difference in reducing the odds of cancer taking hold undiagnosed. Gynecologic cancer is treatable and, in many cases is curable if found early, before it has spread.

While the Pap test is a commonly administered and very effective means of screening for cervical cancer, other forms of gynecologic cancer are far more difficult to identify early. That's why it's so critical to have a regular physical exam, including a pelvic exam. The best form of protection is frequent communication with your doctor about any concerns you may have.

What's a smart schedule for early detection of gynecologic cancers, provided average risk? Here's what's recommended:

  • A periodic check-up, including examination of the uterus and ovaries, for women starting at age 20
  • A Pap test or smear of the cervix every 3 years for women in their 20s, an HPV test and Pap test every 5 years for women from 30 to 65 (Women over 65 who have had several normal HPV and Pap tests may stop routine cervical cancer screening)

Early gynecologic cancer often has no obvious symptoms. So - having a regular physical exam, including a pelvic exam, is important. Make an appointment with our greater Dayton area experts to schedule a screening today.