Gabriella Palma, M.D.
Gabriella Palma, MD, received her Bachelors Degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and her Medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Family Practice at the Medical Center, Beaver, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Palma enjoys caring for children, as well as, adolescents and adults. Dr. Palma and her staff are committed to the care of families. Appointments are available in a timely manner.
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PAP TESTING: WHAT'S A WOMAN TO DO?
Cancer of the cervix is the second most common cancer in women worldwide. The best way to screen for cervical cancer is by having a regular Papanicolaou (pap) test. It is a microscopic exam of cells taken from the cervix.A pap test is done during a routine physical exam with your doctor. Pap tests are recommended yearly starting at 21 y.o. or when a female becomes sexually active if younger than 21 y.o. If you are over 30 y.o. and have had 3 consecutive normal pap tests and have no risk factors for cervical cancer or you are not sexually active you may test less frequently , every 3 years. If you are 70 years or older and have had previously normal pap tests you may elect to stop pap test screening. Women who have had a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) should still be screened if there was a history of abnormal pap tests or lower genital cancers.
- Risk factors for cervical cancer include:
- sexual intercourse at an early age
- multiple sexual partners
- infection with HPV (human papilloma virus), HIV (human immune deficiency virusvirus), HSV (herpes simplex virus)
- weakened immune system
- previous genital cancer
You can reduce the risk of cervical cancer through abstinance from intercourse, using condoms, preventing sexually transmitted diseases and by smoking cessation. There is a new vaccine available to females 9-26 y.o. Ask your doctor about Gardasil vaccine to help prevent infection with HPV, one of the causes of cervical cancer.
Some non specific symptoms of cervical cancer can include : vaginal discharge, spotting , abnormal bleeding or pain with intercourse. See your doctor if you are experiencing any symptoms.
If your pap test result comes back abnormal it does not necessarily mean you have cervical cancer. Sometimes the test may be abnormal due to certain kinds of infection or pre cancerous cells. You may be asked to simply repeat the pap test in 4-6 months, get a cervical biopsy or see an OB-Gyn for further evaluation and treatment.
Remember, pap testing is an important part of your healthcare. Schedule an appointment with your doctor.
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