Doc Talk | Cervical Cancer Awareness
It’s one of the most common cancers amongst women, but the good thing is, it's detectable!
"There's other cancers that can be detected or can be concerning," RN practitioner Michele Trosclair said.
It is cervical cancer that ranks 4th most common cancer amongst women. It is a detectable cancer and doctors at Geisinger Holy Spirit highly recommend a screening.
"Where we perform a pelvic exam and actually a pap smear to screen for any abnormal cells of the cervix," RN practitioner Michele Trosclair said.
These screenings should begin at 21-years-old and continue every 3 years up to the age of 29. Additional screens after that could be 3 to 5 years.
"Along with doing a co-test for HPV also known as Human Papilloma Virus," RN practitioner Michele Trosclair said.
Which is a virus that is passed from one person to another during sex. If a woman has this virus she is then a greater risk of contracting cervical cancer.
"If we know that a female does have cervical cancer it is probably recommended that her partner also gets tested and evaluated," RN practitioner Michele Trosclair said.
There are a range of signs and symptoms if a woman has cervical cancer.
"We call it break through bleeding, but also intermenstrual bleeding, any pain with intercourse, things like that chronic vaginal discharge," RN practitioner Michele Trosclair said.
According to the CDC Cervical Cancer used to be the leading cause of death for women in the US. But that number has greatly decreased in recent years because of awareness and pap tests along with a vaccine to prevent HPV.
"The Gaurdisil vaccination in the adolescent years to help prevent the occurrence of transmission of the HP virus," RN practitioner Michele Trosclair said.