January is Cervical Health Awareness Month at Carolina Women’s Physicians

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Carolina Women’s Physicians wants to share important information about Cervical Health Awareness.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and Carolina Women’s Physicians wants to share important facts about Cervical Cancer and its risks. Through regular check-ups and early treatment, cervical cancer is highly treatable. Dr. Ferguson and her team at Carolina Women’s Physicians are highly qualified and committed to spreading awareness for this disease.

Cancer results in cells growing out of control and no longer performing their normal functions. Only malignant cancer cells spread, and if they are found beforehand, treatment is likelier to succeed. Cervical cancer most often develops after abnormal cells have been present for a number of years, and this is detected through a Pap Test. Usually no symptoms of cervical cancer are seen, but women should look for abnormal bleeding, spotting, or discharge.

Cervical cancer tends to affect women aged 35-50, but can occur at any age. Women who have had genital warts, more than one sexual partner, sex at a young age, or smoke cigarettes have an increased risk for developing cervical cancer.

There are four stages of cancer. Stage four is the most advanced, meaning that it has spread through the body. If cancerous cells appear on tests, the doctors at Carolina Women’s Physicians will determine the size of the tumor and extent that it has spread. The cure rate for stage one is 85-90%, and this percentage decreases to 5-10% for stage four. The doctors will consider the extent of the disease, as well as factors like age, general health, and personal factors while developing a treatment plan. Women who have previously had cancer are at risk for the cancer to return. Regular check-ups are vital, even after treatment. The key to successful treatment is in finding cancerous cells early.

Carolina Women’s Physicians encourages patients to be alert for symptoms and to schedule regular check-ups. To schedule, call: (252)355-7805.

About the company:

Carolina Women's Physicians opened in Greenville in July 2003. Dr. Jennifer Ferguson wanted to offer women in Pitt and surrounding counties more choices for personal health care services. Her extensive training and understanding of the health concerns and issues facing women today enables her to address the special health care needs of the women in the local community. From adolescence through menopause, Carolina Women's Physicians offers comprehensive gynecological and obstetric services and surgery. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.carolinawomens.com.

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