Part of the work of our reproductive healthcare providers is being there to answer any questions that women have about various health topics. This is especially important for questions related to more serious health concerns like gynecological cancers. We understand the “C” word can cause extreme stress and anxiety, however, knowledge can be a powerful tool in the fight against gynecological cancer. That’s why we wanted to take some time to answer a few questions about common forms of reproductive cancers in women.
What is a LEEP procedure?
Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) is an in-office procedure that is used as a preventative measure against cervical cancer. If any abnormal cells are detected during a Pap smear and cervical biopsy, we may recommend using LEEP as a way to safely remove potentially harmful cells and tissue from the cervix or vagina. During the treatment, a tool using low-voltage electricity is carefully inserted to help diagnose and excise any abnormal material from the cervix.
What are the most common risk factors associated with ovarian cancer?
Advanced age is a risk factor, as ovarian cancer becomes more common when a woman reaches middle age. A family history of ovarian cancer can make a woman more susceptible to a positive diagnosis. Certain genetic mutations including BRCA1 or BRCA2 can contribute to a woman’s ovarian cancer risk. Being overweight can also greatly increase a woman’s chances of developing ovarian cancer.
What are the warning signs of uterine cancer?
Being aware of the warning signs of any kind of cancer is integral to early detection and the most successful treatment possible. The most common warnings signs associated with uterine cancer include irregular bleeding in-between periods, experiencing vaginal bleeding after menopause, and pelvic pain. We strongly recommend seeing a board-certified gynecologist if any of these signs are detected to receive an accurate diagnosis and begin treatment as soon as possible.
When it comes to something as serious as gynecological cancer, there is no such thing as an unimportant question. Our hope is that by these questions and answers, we can provide some clarity on these awful diseases and help educate women on what they can do to most effectively fight gynecological cancer. For more information on gynecological cancer or if you would like to request an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more tips, news and updates on our upcoming health and wellness events.