The facts on vulvar cancer

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 16, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Many types of cancer are well-known today because of their high rate of occurrence. Lung and breast cancers are the top cancer killers for women — but there are many other cancers that affect women too.

Vulvar cancer, a cancer of the female external genital area, is a fairly rare form of cancer. However, it is caused by a very common virus that affects more than 14 million people each year: human papillomavirus (HPV). In fact, the CDC estimates that up to 90 percent of sexually active people will contract some form of HPV in their lifetime. Although many forms of HPV will go away on their own, some have the ability to cause genital cancers later. Vulvar cancer is one of those cancers. Some people who get vulvar cancer, however, never had HPV.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Cancer

Can breast cancer be prevented?

Posted by CarePoint Health on Oct 5, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Breast cancer affects one out of every eight women in our country today. It seems almost everyone has a friend, family member, co-worker, or acquaintance that has been affected by this disease.

Yet despite our awareness of it and its impact on so many lives, many women don’t know what they can do to help lower their risk of getting breast cancer. It’s important to note that breast cancer cannot be totally prevented because there are many risk factors you can’t control. But, knowing your own risk and what you can do to lower it is a great way to minimize your chances of getting the disease.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Cancer, Breast cancer

6 facts about endometrial cancer

Posted by CarePoint Health on Sep 25, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Endometrial cancer is the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs. Sometimes called uterine cancer, it affects the endometrium, or the lining of the uterus. If caught early, endometrial cancer has a good chance of cure.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Cancer

Why you need to test for radon in your home

Posted by CarePoint Health on Sep 17, 2015 11:00:00 AM

When we think of lung cancer, smoking is typically the first thing that comes to mind. Indeed, smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. But second in line is a cause many people aren’t as familiar with — radon.

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Topics: Health, Primary care, Cancer

The basics of a LEEP procedure

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jun 5, 2015 1:00:00 PM

As part of your regular gynecological checkups, your physician examines the cervix to look for abnormalities. This can help prevent cancer and remove precancerous cells. In some cases, your gynecologist may find abnormal cells or growths during your Pap test or colposcopy, and may recommend you have a LEEP procedure.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Cancer

The advantages of a digital mammogram

Posted by CarePoint Health on May 11, 2015 1:00:00 PM

The American Cancer Society predicts over 231,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year, and more than 40,000 women will die from the disease. However, earlier detection, increased awareness, and advanced treatments are improving the survival rates each year.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Cancer, Mammogram

Cervical cancer: 
prevention and early detection are key

Posted by CarePoint Health on May 4, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in women. Fortunately, with reliable screening methods, physicians are able to catch cervical cancer early, when it is best treatable.

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Topics: OBGYN, Cancer