Posts Categorized: Cancer

Sexual health for cancer survivors

“How’s your sex life?” Did your oncologist ask you this question at any time during your cancer experience? Chances are they didn’t. Statistically, less than 50 percent of cancer patients report having had any conversation with their doctors about their sexual health. Why is this? You are getting a lot of information and maybe you…
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What’s new in cervical cancer treatment?

The last five years has been an exciting time in cervical cancer research and prevention. First, the 9-strain vaccine was approved in 2014 for use in girls and boys age 9-26. This is an improvement from the 4-strain vaccine. It will cover more strains of HPV that can cause cervical dysplasia and cancer, and has…
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I think I may have cervical cancer. What do I do?

The symptoms of cervical cancer are not always obvious. More commonly in the U.S., cervical cancer may be diagnosed on a routine pelvic exam performed by your gynecologist or other women’s health provider. Abnormal cells may be detected on a Pap test or a mass may be seen on the cervix. A biopsy may be…
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Cervical cancer in Kentucky

Kentucky is famous for many things: bourbon, basketball, fried chicken, bluegrass, horses, and … cervical cancer? Unfortunately, the incidence of cervical cancer diagnosis and death in Kentucky is one of the highest in the U.S. In 2014 (the most recent data available), the incidence of cervical cancer in Kentucky was 8.7/100,000, among the highest in…
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Have you heard about HPV and cervical cancer?

It’s not very often that we find an identifiable cause for cancer. Science strives to figure out the big question that patients with cancer have: why did I get this? We know that smoking can increase your risks for lung cancer, but not all those who smoke will have lung cancer, and not all lung…
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