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What is it about some New Year’s resolutions that makes them stick? A not-so-scientific survey of my colleagues in the break room tells me it’s the ones that are simple but with a big impact. So this month, we’d like to challenge you to take on a Big Impact Resolution  that is simpler than you might think: Reducing Cancer Risk for your children (and yourself). 

Research has clearly identified many conditions and exposures that increase the risk of certain cancers. There are also some things that have been clearly linked with a reduced or eliminated risk of cancer. By combining lifestyle habits and medical treatments that prevent/reduce cancers and by steering clear of habits...

Dr. Amy Cooper, Girlologist and Gyn Cancer Specialist, shares an emotional story of diagnosing cervical cancer and taking her son to get vaccinated. It's about cancer and cancer prevention.

 

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She has almost no expression on her face the first time I meet her. She is so reticent that I can’t be certain if she speaks Spanish or English or both. As it turns out, she speaks both and is more comfortable with English. She has been emergently transferred from an outside ER for vaginal bleeding to the point of hemorrhage. She needs to have a pelvic exam and the hospital room beds don’t have stirrups. My office does. The CT scan in the ER revealed a pelvic mass...

It’s September again and that means it’s Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month.  I am trying to get the word out about ways to prevent these cancers.  Survivors of gynecologic cancers don’t always share their stories due to fear, shame, or embarrassment.

This is the silence that we have to break in order to prevent these cancers in the next generation.

I want to educate more young women to prevent unnecessary cancer deaths.  The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that women have their first cancer screening at age 21 with a Pap smear and pelvic exam.  However, any woman with unusual vaginal bleeding, bleeding after intercourse, or persistent pelvic pain should see a gynecologist for...

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month, and it’s also a great time to set goals for the new year. One of my goals is to get my daughter to the doctor for her HPV vaccination series.  Frankly, I had to make it a resolution because it’s so easy to find excuses for putting it off.

Just thinking about waiting at the doctor’s office makes me anxious, and with my work and my daughter’s soccer, basketball and homework duties, it’s hard to make time. But this is an important issue for our tween and teen daughters and sons, and it deserves our attention. Finding the time has been my barrier, but here are some other excuses I’ve heard.

Let met address the most common excuses, and hopefully help you resolve to protect your child...