No woman looks forward to their yearly OBGYN appointment. Stripping down to a paper gown can be awkward and uncomfortable. More so than that, it may be even more uncomfortable talking to your OBGYN about cancer risk.
That may be why only 52% of women visited an OBGYN last year. According to a recent survey, only 57% of women believe OBGYN visits are essential. What’s even more surprising is that nearly 80% of women are concerned about their risk for cancer, but few bring up either ovarian or cervical cancer when they are in the doctor’s office.
Dr. Sharyn N. Lewin, Medical Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Dept. at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, NJ. joined me recently to discuss which gynecological issues women should be talking about with their doctors and how to bring up difficult topics like cervical and ovarian cancers at an appointment. She also talked about the symptoms of advanced gynecologic cancers.
talking to your OBGYN about cancer risk
Take a look at the interview below.