Posts Categorized: Women

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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I’m so confused: I don’t get a pap every year?

For most women, the concept of a yearly pap test has been ingrained in us from our teenage years. It was the welcome to being a woman: a trip to the gynecologist, speculum exam and pap test starting at 18, or earlier for some. From 1987-2002, the yearly pap was dogma. However, everything started changing…
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Be free from cigarettes

Did you know tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death? Smoking and the use of other tobacco products is responsible for a number of diseases such as heart and lung disease. There are more than 600 ingredients in a cigarette and when burned a cigarette creates 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which are known…
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