February 27, 2020
Cervical Cancer Screening by Dr. Ruth Goldenberg, MD

Cervical Cancer Screening by Dr. Ruth Goldenberg, MD


Hi, I’m Dr. Ruth Goldenberg,
Chief of Women’s Health at Kaiser Permanente in the
Napa/Solano Service Area. I’m here to talk to you today about
a test that can save your life. Did you know that Cervical Cancer is
caused by a virus transmitted during intimate contact and is almost
completely preventable with screening? Any woman can get Cervical Cancer, and women who have early cervical cancer
usually have no symptoms and feel perfectly healthy. So what’s the best way to protect yourself? Get a PAP test. Pap tests can find changes in cervical cells
before them become cancer. If you’re over 30, in addition to your pap test, This is because these HPV viruses are
very common, and in most women go away without treatment. that over time, can become cancer. Keep in mind that cervical cancer and
pre-cancer is slow growing and takes many years to develop. If we catch it early, it can be completely
cured through simple procedures done in the office, but we can only detect
early changes if you get tested, however I know that getting a pap test can be a
little embarrassing or even a little uncomfortable, but
our OB/GYN clinicians do everything they can to make this test as
easy and comfortable as possible for you. It’s a simple procedure; after getting undressed, your doctor or nurse practitioner
will use a warm speculum to take a look at your cervix. We use a brush on the surface of your
cervix to take a sample of those cells. The whole test takes only about a minute. So who should get the pap test? A pap test is important regardless of your
sexual orientation or history. If you’ve had one sexual partner for
many years or no sexual partners in the last few year or even if
your partner’s a woman, we still recommend getting tested
because the HPV virus is so common. Remember, we can still do your pap test
even when you are on your period. As a wife and mother myself, I know how
hard it is for you to find time to take care of yourself, but it’s really important
to your family that you’re healthy. So please, if you are between 21 and 65
get a pap test every three years. Do it for yourself. Do it for your family. Live well and be well.

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