One of the best steps for treatment of cervical cancer and most other types of cancer is early detection. If a woman has cervical cancer and we can catch it early on, there is a larger set of options for treatment and an increased chance of recovery. Dr. Rodgers can identify the signs of cervical cancer in patients and recommend the next steps toward treatment from other providers. If a patient does have cancer, Dr. Rodgers will ensure that the patient receives treatment from capable hands.
In these situations, the patient’s well-being and care are at the forefront of Dr. Rodgers’ focus. While Dr. Rodgers can diagnose cervical or ovarian cancer in patients, the patients can also keep an eye out for the signs and symptoms on a regular basis.
Spot the signs as early as possible
In some cases, the early stages of cervical cancer may not produce any signs or symptoms. This is why it is important to receive cervical cancer screenings. Signs and symptoms of cervical cancer can include consistent vaginal bleeding after intercourse. Patients may also experience infrequent bleeding between periods or even after menopause. Another sign of cervical cancer is that the patient will have watery, bloody, heavy and foul-smelling vaginal discharge. In other cases, patients may experience pelvic pain that only seems to flare up during intercourse.
While one of these symptoms can also be a sign of a different condition, it is better to seek a cervical cancer screening to be sure. If any of these signs are a constant in one’s life, no matter what the condition is, it is better to seek a screening and eliminate the worst case scenario. The official cause of HPV is not entirely known, a common factor that plays a role in causing it is the HPV virus.
What research shows us about cervical cancer is that it begins when the cells go through a genetic mutation to become abnormal cells. The abnormal cells multiply at an out-of-control rate and do not die like other cells. Thus, these cells form the mass that is known as a tumor that, if not treated soon enough, will metastasize and spread to other areas of the body.
The screening process
A cervical cancer screening may include a pap smear in which the doctor brushes some cells from the cervix and examines them in a lab for any abnormalities. If Dr. Rodgers suspects or finds any signs of cervical cancer, she may recommend a colposcopy as well. No matter the situation, Dr. Rodgers will answer all questions and address all concerns of the patient. We understand that even hearing about the possibility of cervical cancer or any other condition can be a frightening experience.
Dr. Rodgers will help to keep the patient calm during the screening process and talk the patient through the next steps. Dr. Rodgers does not offer cervical cancer treatment, but can support the patient by recommending where to go for treatment. Dr. Rodgers will also be able to go over the next few steps toward treatment and what may be next for the patient. If you or a loved one would like to schedule a cervical cancer screening, do not hesitate to call our office.
Even if you are unsure what the problem is, give us a call at 1-301-804-9481 for a consultation to determine the issue and the best treatment. Do not wait and let the possible issue grow out of hand.
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