Tag: Preventative Health

Updates on seeing all OBGYN visits again

As we continue to socially distance, flattening the curve, the healthcare system is slowly increasing access for non-urgent care, here’s what we’re doing: When it was clear that COVID19 was spreading in the local community, we swiftly moved to adjust our office schedule to see in a safe manner only those patients who required in-person […]

Advances in Ovarian Cancer Screening

Ovarian cancer is notoriously difficult to diagnose, especially within the early and more treatable stages. More than 70% of women are diagnosed when the cancer has already progressed to advanced stages of ovarian cancer.  This is because the symptoms most often present as more benign conditions, and symptoms rarely ever develop in the early stages. […]

Have you had your Pap recently?

Have you had your Pap recently?   Pap testing has been one of the most successful public health interventions of the 20th century.   Cervical cancer used to be the most common cause of death from pelvic cancer.   Now it is one of the least common, thanks to early detection of precancerous lesions. During a Pap test, […]

Breast Cancer Rates Falling in the US

Breast Cancer Rates Falling in the US By Kristina Dragovic, DO   Recent studies performed by the World Health Organization (WHO) led by French researcher Cecile Pizot found that in the majority of countries studied, there has been a downtrend in the number of deaths caused by breast cancer over the last 30 years; 46% […]

There is an HPV vaccine available. Here’s why you or your child should get it.

There is an HPV vaccine available. Here’s why you or your child should get it.   HPV, short for Human Papillomavirus, is a group of over 150 related viruses that can be sexually transmitted. These viruses cause infections that lead to conditions ranging from genital warts to cervical, vulvar, vaginal, penile, anal and oropharyngeal cancers. […]

The Annual Well Woman Exam

The annual well woman exam can be intimidating to some. There is understandable apprehension and worry surrounding the exam, the state of undress, the potential for discomfort.   From the physician’s point of view this visit encompasses much more than the “Pap Smear”. Your clinician will discuss topics ranging from a healthy diet, your family history […]

Family Matters: Know your risk for hereditary cancer

Family Matters: Know your risk for hereditary cancer   Written by Dr. Teng    When you see your doctor for your annual checkup or for another reason, you undoubtedly will get asked about your family history.  Not only are we interested in family history of diabetes or heart disease, but we also will ask about […]

When should I get a mammogram?

When should I get a mammogram?  by Amy Teng, DO   For those of you who have not visited with your primary health provider or OBGYN recently (and I strongly recommend that you do!), you may be wondering when you need to start getting mammograms.  Yes, the dreaded mammogram!  If you have heard from your […]

To Pap or not to Pap

To pap or not to pap?   Written by Dr. Teng  The guidelines for cervical cancer screening have changed several times in the last decade.  You may have been told by someone that you need your pap test every year, or you may have read somewhere else that you don’t.  You may be wondering why people […]