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1.02.10

What Every Woman Should Know about Cervical Cancer

Routine medical care plays a key role in preserving cervical health

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center encourages our community to take an active stance against this highly preventable disease. As the second leading type of cancer in women worldwide, cervical cancer can be prevented by following routine gynecologic care.

“The ability to screen for cervical cancer makes it a largely preventable disease,” says gynecologic oncologist Nimesh P. Nagarsheth, MD, Associate Director of Robotic Surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and Assistant Professor, Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. “Making regular visits to an OB/GYN is one of the easiest and best ways to prevent cervical cancer and preserve a woman’s cervical health in the future.”

Many cervical cancers develop in the transition zone, where two types of cervical cells converge. Physicians are able to use tests, such as an annual Pap smear, to analyze a cervical cell sample for abnormalities. The test can find pre-cancerous cells, which can be removed before they transform into cancer cells.

While testing guidelines for Pap smears are dependent upon a person’s age and level of sexual activity, general recommendations are that a woman should have her first Pap smear beginning at age 21. The reason for these guidelines—and the vaccine—is that a large percentage of cervical cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus. The vaccine, together with regular testing, may be enough to prevent cancer in many women. The Food and Drug Administration approved a vaccine in June 2006 for use in guarding against four common types of HPV. The vaccine is given in three doses over a six-month period. It is recommended for women ages 9 to 26.

“Even if a woman falls outside these age ranges, she can take responsibility for her cervical health through regular pelvic exams and Pap smears,” says Dr. Nagarsheth. “Treatment options to remove cancerous cells exist, but these options can only be made available to a patient if she takes the initiative to keep her physician visits and tests up-to-date.”

To find a gynecologist at Englewood Hospital who can help you maintain your cervical health, call 1-866-980-EHMC or visit EnglewoodHospital.com.

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides patients with the highest level of compassionate care through a broad range of state-of-the-art clinical programs and the most advanced treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this thriving, acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in a variety of disciplines, including surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, pathology and critical care medicine.  Englewood Hospital is home to a Vascular Fellowship Program that has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of the medical staff at Englewood Hospital serve as faculty members at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned twice by its nursing staff.