Monday, January 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm by Sarah Manneh, MD
As an obstetrics and gynecology doctor, I approach my care for women from the perspective of ‘women’s advocate or voice in health and wellness’. Disease prevention is frequent topic with all my patients, including knowing when to talk with me about abnormal gynecological or ‘down there’ symptoms that might be a sign something more serious. Gynecological conditions that include ovarian and cervical cancers require ongoing patient attention because the symptoms can be ‘silent’ until the disease is more advanced.
With the New Year and renewed resolutions for good health, I encourage women of any age to know the screening guidelines for ovarian and cervical cancers and talk with their provider about risk.
Ovarian screening recommendations
Cervical cancer symptoms and risk factors
Cervical cancer screening guidelines: talk with your provider
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recommends annual screening begin at age 21 regardless sexual activity. Further, ACOG suggests screening earlier than 21 may be unnecessary and could lead to harmful evaluations in women who are at low risk. Screening in women aged 21 to 29 is recommended every two years and in women aged 30 and older, who have a history of three negative results, should be tested every three years.
To determine what is best for you, I recommend you talk with your provider about your risk factors.
There are trusted resources that offer helpful information and include:
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG)
Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA)
American Cancer Society
Sarah Manneh, MD, Oakdale Obstetrics and Gynecology
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