Cervical Cancer Prevention- Dr. Miguel Tovar
Doctors cannot always explain why one person gets cervical cancer and another does not. But, there are things that may raise the chance of getting the disease.
Cervical cancer often grows slowly over time. Thanks to the use of Pap tests (or Pap smears), fewer women die from the disease. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the incidence of cervical cancer in the United States has decreased by more than 50% in the past 30 years because of widespread screening. Getting exams and Pap tests on a regular basis can help prevent cervical cancer. The tests can find abnormal changes in the cervix so it can be treated before cancer grows.
Dr. Miguel Tovar, OB/GYN at Five Oaks Medical Group expressed how imperative routine exams are to women's health by stating, "Screening guidelines have changed within the last few years. It is important for you to speak with your physician to make sure your cervical cancer screening is up to date."
There are some risk factors for the disease that can't be avoided, but there are others that can.
Cervical infection with human papillomavirus (HPV): This is the main risk factor for cervical cancer. There are different types of HPV. Many are passed from person to person through sexual contact. High risk HPV's can infect the cervix and cause cancer.
Sexual history: Women who become sexually active at a young age or those who have had many sexual partners have a higher risk of HPV infection and developing cervical cancer. Using condoms may lower the chances of getting HPV and some HPV related diseases
Smoking: Cigarette smoking creates a higher risk for cervical cancer.
Five Oaks Medical Group's Obstetrics/Gynecology Department has two outstanding Ob/Gyns that provide women's care services. Dr. Christine Cooper and Dr. Miguel Tovar are passionate about keeping women healthy through all stages of life. Appointments can be made by calling Five Oaks Medical Group at 405-224-2100.