Cancer Screening

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May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology located throughout Lancaster & Lebanon Counties, PA

Maintaining good health not only means eating right and exercising, but also attending your annual well-woman visits to assess your overall health and get the appropriate cancer screenings. May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology is a full-service women’s health practice that has been providing comprehensive health services for women for more than 50 years, including cancer screenings. To schedule an appointment, call the Lancaster, Elizabethtown, Columbia, Ephrata, Intercourse, Willow Street, or Lebanon, Pennsylvania, office or request an appointment online.

Cancer Screening Q & A

What is Cancer Screening?

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in women in the United States. Cancer screenings are tests that assess your risk of cancer. Detecting cancer or cancer risk early may help prevent complications and improve your response to treatment and overall outcome.

What are Cancer Screens for Women?

The women’s health experts at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology offer many cancer screenings for women. Some of the most common include:

  • Pap Smear: The Pap smear is conducted during a pelvic exam and assesses your risk for cervical cancer. Women should start getting Pap smears at age 21. During the test, cells from your cervix are collected and sent to pathology to assess for cell abnormalities.
  • Breast Exam: When you come in for your annual well-woman visit, your specialist conducts a breast exam to check for lumps that may indicate cancer. Depending on your age and breast cancer risk factors, your specialist may also recommend a mammogram, which is an X-ray that generates images of your breast tissue to look for abnormalities. It’s generally recommended that women start mammograms at age 40. In addition to the breast exam completed during your visit to May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology, your specialist also recommends you conduct a self breast exam every month to not only look for abnormalities but familiarize yourself to your normal breast tissue so if there is a lump, you can identify it right away.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV): HPV is a common sexually transmitted disease. Certain strains of HPV increase your risk of cervical cancer. In addition to your Pap smear, your specialist at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology may also recommend an HPV screen during your pelvic exam.

 

Your specialist may also conduct genetic testing if you have a family history of cancer. Mutations in certain genes, including BRAC1 and BRAC2, may increase your risk of developing cancer. Getting tested may help direct frequency and type of breast and other cancer screenings.

What if I Have a Positive Cancer Screening Result?

If your cancer screen is positive, your specialist at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology may recommend additional testing. For example, if your Pap smear indicates abnormal cervical cells, your specialist may conduct a colposcopy, which is an in-office procedure where they closely examine your cervical tissue with a colposcope, a type of magnifying instrument. A biopsy may be conducted during this test.

Cancer screenings are an important part of your overall health and wellness plan. To schedule your screening, call May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology today, or book an appointment online.