Health & Safety

January 16, 2014

National Cervical Health Awareness Month

Major Shannen Wright 
355th Medical Operations Squadron

January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month. The staff of D-M’s 355th Medical Group Women’s Health Clinic would like to highlight some of the changes in the guidelines for cervical cancer screening.

Many women will be glad to know they will no longer need a Pap smear every year. Pap smears now begin at age 21 and are recommended every three years. Women 30-and-older are eligible for screening every five years, if they have a negative Pap smear and Human Papilloma Virus test.

Recent research has determined almost all cervical cancer is caused by HPV. A routine DNA test can detect the high-risk strains of HPV in women 30-years-and older. Cervical cancer develops very slowly over time and in the absence of HPV, women are not at risk. A vaccine for HPV is now available at the Immunizations Clinic for women between ages the ages of 9 and 26. The vaccine is a series of three shots given over a period of six months.

A small population of women can discontinue getting Pap smears. Those who have had a total hysterectomy for non-cancerous reasons and women over 65, with recent normal Pap smears, do not need the exam.

Despite the fact that many women may not need Pap smears as frequently, the WHC will not turn women away who have other gynecology-related questions or concerns. Patients using birth control must be seen on an annual basis to ensure they are still eligible to continue the method and renew their prescriptions.

The WHC manages women who have abnormal Pap smears, pre-cancerous cellular changes or “dysplasia” of the cervix, with their Abnormal Pap Program. These patients are monitored closely and receive routine surveillance at frequent intervals. In the majority of cases, the abnormalities will resolve on their own. However, some women are referred to a civilian Gynecologist for consultation and definitive treatment.

The WHC staff is available to answer questions about the new cervical cancer screening guidelines. Please call the central appointment line at 228-2778 to schedule an appointment.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Free Tax Services available on Davis-Monthan AFB

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance tax center opened its doors today for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve and Public Health personnel. There are 35 volunteers at the VITA office to include 27 tax preparers with the ability to conduct 10 appointments at a time. “The volunteers here are IRS certified tax preparers,” according to Skip...
 
 

Just American: A century of Black life

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) — Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted Harvard-trained historian Carter Woodson....
 
 

Local Briefs February 27, 2015

Scholarship applications available Davis-Monthan Officer’s Spouses’ Club and the Enlisted Spouses Association are accepting scholarship applications from  Military Dependents who are: -Spouses pursuing an Undergraduate or graduate degree -Graduating High School Seniors Application packets are available at: Davis-Monthan Thrift Shop, Airman and Family Readiness Center, School Liaison Office...
 

 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski)

D-M puts its agencies to the test

An aircraft crash training exercise was held at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance range here Feb. 19. The simulated crash site was scattered throughout a two mile radius. “The idea was to test the base’s capabilities...
 
 

Defeating “Monster Mouth”

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski) Airman Jessika Silva-Gomez, 355th Dental Squadron dental assistant, helps a child sort out foods that are beneficial to dental hygiene during a presentation at the Finley Child Development Center at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Feb. 24. Personnel from the 355th DS provided examples of proper...
 
 

Why Air Force Smart Operations – or AFSO?

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, TEXAS — Confucius once said that in order for a man to move a mountain he must first begin by carrying away its small stones. Now, if one is to imagine the Air Force as that giant mountain, how does an Airman begin trying to move it? That is,...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin