Adolescents & Young Adults
Yearly well woman exam will include pelvic exam, pap smear and breast exam. We will discuss all age related issues including contraception, family planning, menopause issues, PMS issues and all other health related issues pertaining to women. A Pap test, where a sample of cells is taken from the cervix (the opening to the uterus), is the best way to find changes that may lead to cervical cancer. By finding the abnormal cells and treating them early we can prevent cervical cancer. A pelvic exam is necessary during the annual exam to rule out any abnormalities with the pelvic organs which include the uterus and the ovaries.
Human papillomaviruses (HPV) are common viruses that can cause warts. Most are harmless, but about 30 types put you at risk for cancer. These types affect the genitals and you get them through sexual contact with an infected partner. They are classified as either low-risk or high-risk. Low-risk HPV can cause genital warts. High-risk HPV can lead to cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, and anus in women. Although some people develop genital warts from HPV infection, others have no symptoms.
Your health care provider can treat or remove the warts. In women, Pap smears can detect changes in the cervix that might lead to cancer. Pap smears are recommended yearly.
A vaccine can protect against several types of HPV, including some that can cause cancer. In women it is recommended to receive a HPV vaccine between the ages of 9 years old and 26 years old.