Women are susceptible to a number of cancers unique to their anatomy. If you are concerned about cervical, endometrial, ovarian, or breast cancer, regular screening can detect the disease early so you have the best chance of successful treatment. At her practice in Lanham, Maryland, Elliece Smith, MD, PC, provides routine and specialized screenings for these cancers as part of your comprehensive gynecological care. Book an appointment online or call the office to schedule a screening today.
Human papillomavirus, or HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease, has strains that can cause cellular changes that result in cervical cancer.
With a Pap smear, Dr. Smith can monitor cell changes on your cervix and intervene quickly should they show up as precancerous or cancerous. Removal of precancerous cells prevents cervical cancer by up to 95%.
You should have your first Pap smear around age 21 and then approximately every three years thereafter. Dr. Smith can advise you on the best schedule for these exams.
The test is simple: She simply uses a swab to collect a sampling of cells from your cervix during a routine pelvic exam. The cells are sent to a lab for analysis.
At your annual exam, Dr. Smith performs a clinical breast exam to feel for lumps or irregularities in your breast tissue.
From age 40-44, Dr. Smith gives you the option of having regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer, and after age 45, it’s important to do so yearly.
Once you’ve reached age 55, you can opt to have them just every two years or continue annually. If you have a family or personal history of breast cancer, you may need earlier screenings.
There are no recommended screening guidelines for ovarian cancer. However, during your pelvic exam, Dr. Smith checks carefully by feeling for any masses or irregularities.
Depending on your family and personal history of cancer, she may recommend transvaginal ultrasounds to look for a mass on your ovaries or CA-125 blood tests that can indicate ovarian cancer.
The endometrium is the lining of your uterus. Endometrial cancer can sometimes be detected through a regular pelvic exam.
If Dr. Smith suspects you are at risk of endometrial cancer, she may recommend an ultrasound as a way to get an image of the inside of your uterus.
A test that uses a lighted tube inserted in through your vagina and into your uterus, called a hysteroscopy, can also screen for endometrial cancer.
Cancer screenings can ease your mind and detect abnormalities early, so you get successful treatment. Schedule yours today by calling the office or using the online tool.