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Cancer Screenings

THE 5-YEAR SURVIVAL RATE FOR WOMEN WITH STAGE 0 OR STAGE 1 BREAST CANCER IS CLOSE TO 100% AND 93% FOR STAGE II BREAST CANCER*.

When detected at an early stage the 5-year survival rate for women with invasive cervical cancer is 92%**. Clearly, early detection is important to a good prognosis.

Cancer Screening for Women

Cancer screenings for women involve several things. While there has been debate about the value of breast self-examinations in the last few years, our doctors strongly encourage their patients to examine their breasts each month.  Doing so helps women know what their breasts normally feel like and to be able to quickly identify any lumps or changes in their breasts. It's also important to be aware of any changes in moles on your body and inform your doctor if you see something abnormal.  Knowing your body is a key to noticing any changes that might need to be examined by a medical professional.

However, self-examinations are just part of the cancer screening equation. The general concensus is that wome should have their first mammogram at age 40, but there is some disagreement on how frequently the screening should be performed as women age.  Your healthcare provider will be able to help you set screening guidlines based on your age and risk factors such as family history.

Pap tests are a valuable tool for detecting cervical cancer.  It is recommended that women have their first pap smear at age 21 and younger if they are sexually active.  Here again, the guidelines vary as women age.  Talk to your healthcare provider about your family history and other risk factors and set up a care plan designed specifically for you.

Why Cancer Screening is Important

Cancer screening isn’t just important for patients who have had cancer in the past. Diagnosing cancer early is the best way to fight--and beat--cancer. Early diagnosis usually means that cancer cells are contained and haven’t had a chance to spread to other parts of the body. This makes removing them or treating them much easier.

Don’t leave your health to chance. If you would like to know more about cancer screenings, or other women's health issues, visit Metro OB-GYN.com or call us at (712) 329-5700 today.  We would be happy to schedule an appointment with you to answer all of your questions.

 

*What Does Prognosis Mean? (2017, January 26). Retrieved October 3, 2018, from Breastcancer.org: https://breastcancer.org/symptoms/diagnosis/prognosis

**Cervical Cancer: Statistics (2018, January). Retrieved October 3, 2018, from Cancer.net: https://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/cervical-cancer/statistics



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