Cervical Cancer Screening

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Marietta and Powder Springs, GA

Cervical Cancer Screening

About Cervical Cancer Screening

While cervical cancer puts women’s health at risk, proper screening and prevention significantly improve the potential for good outcomes. For experienced and compassionate care, turn to the Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates team. Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates offers cervical cancer screening and gynecological services to women in Marietta and Powder Springs, Georgia. Book your appointment today using the convenient online scheduler or call the office.

Cervical Cancer Screening Q&A

Why are cervical cancer screenings necessary?

As a part of their commitment to providing complete gynecological care, the Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates team offers cervical cancer screenings to protect your health.

Cervical cancer develops in the lower uterus, in the cells of the cervix. It tends to grow slowly and can spread into the deeper reaches of the cervix and the surrounding tissues. It can cause symptoms like:

  • Vaginal bleeding after sex, between periods, or despite being post-menopausal
  • Vaginal discharge that is watery, contains blood, or has a strong odor
  • Painful sex
  • Pelvic pain
  • Periods that are abnormally long or heavy

Because these symptoms resemble those of other, less severe problems, talk to your provider right awat if you notice anything unusual.

How often should I have a cervical cancer screening?

Women should be screened for cervical cancer within three years of first engaging in vaginal intercourse or once they turn 21. The Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates team performs this test annually with a Pap test or every other year.

Women 30 or older who’ve had three consecutive normal Pap test results can space cervical cancer screenings to every two or three years. They can also choose a conventional or liquid-based Pap test alongside the human papillomavirus (HPV) test.

Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates screens its patients using the most advanced testing methods and technology, combining medical excellence with sensitive, compassionate care.

What can I expect during a cervical cancer screening?

Cervical cancer screenings are part of a comprehensive pelvic exam at Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates. Your provider collects a small sample from your cervix and checks for HPV (an HPV test) or any abnormal cells (a Pap test).

Because this is a sensitive area, you can feel some discomfort. But the team is careful to be as gentle as possible. The process takes a few minutes.

In addition to screenings, how can I protect myself from cervical cancer?

Getting the HPV vaccine protects you against the HPV infections that frequently lead to cervical cancer. Avoiding smoking and unprotected sex can also help.

With proper care, the outlook for treating cervical cancer is positive. Talk to the Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates team today about cervical cancer screening by booking your appointment online or calling the nearest office.