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Can A Doctor See Cervical Cancer During Pap Exam
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
No.: Even if it is medically recommended. You cannot be forced a medical exam such as a pap smear or a pelvic exam.. Obviously not getting tests or exams done has pros/cons. Make sure you weigh the risks of deciding or not deciding to do a certain exam or test. If pregnant, you're not just making decision for yourself, but also for baby. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
First 2 annual gyno apt, doctor has not preformed a breast exam or rectal exam- only does pap & bimanual quickly. Is this something I should ask for?
Endometriosis: No. Endometriosis is the abnormal presence of endometrium (see microscopy picture) outside of the inner uterine cavity. The tissue deposits on the ovaries, fallopian tubes and surrounding organs causing scarring, infertility and pain. Proper diagnosis is established by laparoscopic exam and sampling of the suspicious tissue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can the doctor see during a pap test, other than cancer? Any infections that might be detected?
Pap details: The pap test is specifically done to screen for cancer and pre-cancer of the cervix. It does not usually pick up infections, although it can. If you think you have an infection, or if you have a new sexual partner or have been exposed to an std, let the doctor know before the pap test so additional appropriate testing can be done. Also, the pap test does not screen for ovarian cancer. ...Read more
My gynecologist will not perform a pap smear or test for other cancers, what could be the reason why?
Payment?: One reason is that guidelines for screening tests have changed and suggest less frequent testing. If he/she orders tests for you that your insurance regards as 'unnecessary' it won't reimburse you for the expense. There may be different reasons, based perhaps on your healh history. Ask your doctor about this instead of asking a web site to try and read his/her mind, or ask for a referral. ...Read more
Annual exam: A pap smear is typically done during the annual exam. A pap smear is the test done to detect and prevent cervical cancer. During the pelvic exam the ovaries are felt. This is one of the screening tools to detect ovarian abnormalities. In some cases a sonogram is done to better assess the ovaries. ...Read more
Depends: If you have the wart producing form it may be evident if active during the exam.Unfortunately, it can be inactive but still be hibernating in the tissues ready to emerge again later.Many forms of HPV,including those tied to cervical cancer can be present without visible signs on exam. You could carry these for decades before a pap smear shows changes.Blood tests can usually confirm past infection ...Read more
Yes: With rare exceptions, i recommend a rectal exam with the pelvic exam. It allows the doctor to feel behind the uterus making it easier to detect ovarian cysts or nodularity of endometriosis, in women over 40, it provides an exam of the rectum which can show occult polyps or even cancers. I feel the rectal exam adds to the completeness of the pelvic exam allowing a true clean bill of health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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