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Your primary care provider can recommend the right cancer screenings and diagnostic tests for you, based on your age, gender, lifestyle and family history. For a free physician referral, please call (404) 845-5555.
Women should have annual well-woman visits, including regular pelvic exams, in an effort to detect disease at its earliest stage.
Women should have a Pap test at least once every three years, if you are between the ages of 21 and 65. Pap tests do not detect ovarian cancer but are crucial for the early detection and treatment of cervical cancer.
Additional tests may include:
• General blood test
• Exploratory laparotomy
• Abdominal CT scan or MRI of abdomen
• Pelvic ultrasound
• Endometrial biopsy
• Dilation and curettage (D and C)
If cancer is found, other tests may be done to determine how widespread the cancer is and whether it has spread to other parts of the body. This is called staging.
Our vast network of convenient imaging centers offers a comprehensive array of advanced technology in a variety of subspecialties including oncology, women’s imaging and pediatric imaging. Locations are available across Georgia with extended hours to meet your needs. At each of our imaging centers you’ll find state-of-the-art technology and a dedicated team of board-certified radiologists and certified, compassionate technicians, who provide the highest level of customer service. See our complete list of Imaging Locations and services.
HPV vaccines help protect against most but not all cases of HPV cervical infections. The vaccine is given over 6 months to males and females ages 9 to 26. Talk to your health care provider to find out if the vaccine is right for you.
Certain types of gynecologic cancers, such as ovarian, may have a genetic link. Northside’s Hereditary Cancer Program offers a free evaluation of your risk of hereditary cancer. Designed for individuals who have a family history of specific cancers, genetic screening is used to detect cancer-causing gene mutations, while our board certified genetic counselors help explain the results and treatment options. They also provide referral to testing services when appropriate.