Cervical Cancer & Women's Health

New York Cancer & Blood Specialists (NYCBS) and NY Health aim to make high-quality women’s care accessible to all within our community. 

In observance of Women’s Health Month, NYCBS Oncologist David Eagle, MD, and NY Health Obstetrician/Gynecologist Paul Lograno, MD, discuss the importance of early detection of cervical cancer and comprehensive care in women's health.

“Cervical cancer ranks as the third most common gynecological cancer in the United States,” said Dr. Eagle. “Despite decades of decline, there has been a slight increase in cases over the past ten years, emphasizing the critical importance of prevention and early detection through screening.”

The primary cause of cervical cancer is the human papillomavirus (HPV). Fortunately, vaccines are now available to prevent HPV infection and reduce the risk of developing cancer. It's remarkable that these vaccines not only protect against infections but also offer defense against cancer. Additionally, HPV is known to be linked with other cancers, including head and neck cancer. As a result, it is strongly recommended that both girls and boys aged 11 to 12 receive the HPV vaccination.

In addition to vaccination, screening plays a vital role in preventing cervical cancer. By identifying abnormal cells before they become cancerous, screening allows for timely intervention and treatment. Various methods can be employed to remove these abnormal cells, preventing the progression to a more serious condition. Screening typically begins between the ages of 21 and 25.

For those women developing advanced cancers despite screening, substantial medical progress has been made. For sizable but localized cancer, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation therapy can be combined for a cure.

“Early detection is key to successful treatment,” Dr. Lograno said. “Regular pelvic examinations can also check for ovarian cancer.

Beyond cancer, sexual and reproductive health is an integral aspect of women's overall well-being. "Taking control of your sexual and reproductive health is empowering. Whether it's prenatal care during pregnancy or regular check-ups, prioritizing your health ensures a better quality of life,” Dr. Lograno said.

To make an appointment at NYCBS, call 1-833-CANCER9. To make an OB/GYN appointment with Dr. Lograno at NY Health, call 631-473-7171.


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