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Do Gynecologist Check For Ovarian Cancer During The Yearly 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
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
History of uterine cancer- after initial treatment, during check up, doctors said there are "cells" and need further check up. Is it recurrent cancer?
Unsure: It would be worrisome to have abnormal cells in a patient with a history of uterine cancer, so the appropriate thing to do is follow your doctor's recommendations for further evaluation. However, just because there are cells that require further evaluation does not mean that the cancer has returned. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is an ultrasound that examines the endometrium also good for examining the ovaries?How does one get their ovaries examined to check for ovarian cancer
Pelvic Ultrasound: A standard female pelvic ultrasound evaluates the uterus (and endometrium) as well as the ovaries. Current ultrasound technology (especially when both transabdominal and transvaginal images are obtained) is a very good screening test for ovarian pathology including ovarian cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will the doc do other testing for ovarian and uterine cancer other than pap smear if I have symptoms?
Yes: Pap tests are only a screening test for cervical cancer. Unfortunately, there are no screening tests for uterine or ovarian cancer, although research is continuing. However, if you are experiencing symptoms, gynecologists should first perform a pelvic exam. A pelvic ultrasound or endometrial biopsy can also be helpful depending on your symptoms. Discuss options with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Age related: If you are over 50, checking the prostate should be a routine part of a physical examination. It is slightly uncomfortable, a bit embarrasing, but useful so done worry about it. You of course will be checked if you have symptoms related to urinary flow. ...Read more
What is the recommended schedule for having mammograms when do not you have breast cancer history in your family?
Doctors can you tell me when should young women start to have a screening of mammogram done for breast cancer?
Some or: all of the things you mentioned. It depends upon the findings and practices of your doctor. You'll just have to wait and see. ...Read more
What do they test for during an obgyn pelvic exam? Pap smear and then they swab for something? Do they check for non-std infections?
Some: The pap smear with ancillary testing is quite useful, not only in evaluating for cancerous and precancerous lesions, but there are also a variety of infections (both sexually and non-sexually transmitted) that can be identified in the pap smear (hpv, trich, herpes, bacterial vaginosis, candida, gonorrhea and chlamydia). However, not all infections can be seen in a pap smear. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
It should be painles: Sometimes the study is performed wtih abdominal probe in which case a full bladder is necessary to visualize pelvic organs well. Many times, vaginal probe examination is also performed because this produces superb images as the probe can get very close to the organs being examined. You will need to empty your bladder for this part of the exam. Sometimes, 3d images of the ovary may be helpful. ...Read more
Is cancer can be a family disease? What tests should be conducted periodically to ensure im cancer free. I have a family history of cancer.
Sometimes: Some families have inherited predispositions to getting certain cancers. There are many such cancers and syndromes from brca1&2, to li-frauneni, to retinoblastoma, to lynch, and others. The testing and screening guidelines are different for each. A consult with a genetic counsellor may be in order to review the family history and make screening recommendations. ...Read more
Obstetricians deal with pregnancy and helping women to have a healthy baby. Gynecology deals with women's reproduction health, so gynecologists treat reproductive health problems like irregular periods, vaginitis, abnormal pap tests. Gynecologists also help women to maintain or achieve overall health--and so address issues of ...Read more
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