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Women’s Health

Take Action Against Breast Cancer

Nearly 200,000 cases of breast cancer and are diagnosed every year. All women have some risk of getting these cancers and should have regular medical screening. 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Women with Hereditary Breast Cancer syndrome are at a significantly higher risk for breast cancer, up to 87% lifetime…

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Why Is It Important To Know About My Family History Of Cancer?

There are some variations in genes passed from parent to child that can drastically raise your risk of cancer. Fortunately, knowing if your family is at-risk gives you power to take steps that may help you and your family members to reduce/eliminate the risk for cancer, or detect cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage. If certain cancers occur in your…

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The 20 Week Fetal Sonogram

Frequently referred to as the 20 week fetal anomaly screen, this Ultrasound is typically performed between 18-20 weeks gestation.  It is preferred that it be done at 19-20 weeks as the organs are just that much larger in size and easier to evaluate than at 18 weeks.  The ultrasound is standard for assessing fetal growth,…

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Annual Gynecologic Exam; GYN or PCP?

“I’m no longer having babies so I don’t need to see my OB/GYN anymore”.  Sound familiar?  Well I’m about to tell you why this is NOT true.  Your OB/GYN or GYN provider is the BEST person for you to see on a regular basis, especially as you start the difficult transition to the peri-menopause and…

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Ultrasound Evaluation of Ovarian Cysts

Before the Ultrasound era, any persistent pelvic mass felt on a physical examination had to be removed surgically, because that was the only way of excluding malignancy.  Today, we can make a fairly confident diagnosis of benign ovarian cysts on the basis on an ultrasound image. Ovarian cysts can be quite painful…or not. Many cysts…

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When should I make a gynecologic appointment for my daughter?

This is a question that I have heard many times.  Of all the things that mothers and daughters have in common, the need for knowledgeable and compassionate medical care is one of the most important.  Unfortunately, the topic is somewhat difficult for most mothers to introduce to their daughters as there can be much anxiety…

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Ultra-Screen: First Trimester Ultrasound Screening

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), almost all children in the United Statesare born healthy.  Only 2 or 3 out of 100 newborns have major birth defects.  For the majority of babies, the cause is unknown.  However, there are certain birth defects that can be tested for prenatally.  These include Down’s…

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Should I Get The Flu Shot While Pregnant?

Yes! The flu shot is a safe and very effective way to protect you AND your baby from serious illness and complications from the flu. It is recommended that all women who are pregnant or wish to become pregnant during the flu season (October thru May) have the influenza vaccine. The vaccine is safe in…

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HPV

HPV stands for “Human Papilloma Virus” and is the virus responsible for causing abnormal pap smears and cervical cancer. This virus is not “new”; it has been around as long as we have been…and most women have been exposed to it at some time in their life. It is sexually transmitted and most people (men…

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