Cancer Alert

Health & Nutrition - - JUST LAUNCHED - Dr Avan Dad­ina, Ob­stet­rics & Gy­nae­col­o­gist

My doc­tor tells me I should be screened for cer­vi­cal cancer, but at 63, am I not well past the age when this cancer is a health risk? Rekha Chan­drasekaran, Ja­balpur

You have not spec­i­fied whether you have had paps smears in the past. If you have not done it, then do it now. Paps smear is a sim­ple, pain­less and quick test and is a good screen­ing method for cer­vi­cal cancer. If you have ex­ces­sive white dis­charge, it is rec­om­mended. Your doc­tor is a bet­ter judge as to whether you need it or not as he or she has known you. Best wishes! PRAB­HAKAR A PUTHRAN

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