Cervical Cancer Specialist Clanton AL

Routine screening has made this disease almost entirely preventable, but the virus that causes it still runs rampant. Simple precautions, a healthy diet, and regular checkups can keep it under control. But in fact, abnormal results are far from a death knell. Some mild abnormalities stem from inflammation or irritation caused by a mild yeast or bacterial infection.

William H. Moore Jr
(205) 755-1031
1015 Lay Dam Road
Clanton, AL
Specialty
General Gynecology only, Ultrasonography,
Education
English
Professional Memberships
Chilton Medical Center, Baptist Hospital South, Baptist Hospital East Baptist Hospital Prattville Jackson Hospital

Elquis Martin Castillo, MD
(256) 492-0375
200 Medical Center Dr
Gadsden, AL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Esc Auto De Cien Med De Centro America, San Jose, Costa Rica
Graduation Year: 1984

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John T Carpenter Jr, MD
(205) 934-2084
1530 3rd Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1968

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Lee M Hilliard
(205) 939-9285
1600 7th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

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James E Carinder, DO
(205) 978-3570
1909 Laurel Rd
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Ok State Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, Tulsa, Ok 74107
Graduation Year: 1994
Hospital
Hospital: Healthsouth Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al; Brookwood Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al

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Tina Michelle Evans, MD
(251) 471-7790
2451 Fillingim St
Mobile, AL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1999

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Anthony Jacob Kalliat, MR
(205) 760-0422
202 E Dr Hicks Blvd
Florence, AL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Hung Thieu Khong, MD
(251) 460-6587
307 N University Blvd MSB 2015,
Mobile, AL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1994

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Brian Anthony Bates, MD
(704) 636-6432
1024 1st St N
Alabaster, AL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: St James Community Hospital, Butte, Mt; Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, Ny; Camden-Clark Mem Hosp, Parkersburg, Wv
Group Practice: Salisbury Radiation Oncology

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Albert Francis Lobuglio, MD
(205) 934-5077
1824 6th Ave S Rm 237,
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1962

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Heading Off Cervical Cancer

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By Diana Somerville

Routine screening has made this disease almost entirely preventable, but the virus that causes it still runs rampant. Simple precautions, a healthy diet, and regular checkups can keep it under control.

Abnormal Pap results. Those three words can instill fear in the bravest and most health-savvy woman. The mind goes immediately to cervical cancer, a disease that, according to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, claims the lives of 3,900 women in the US each year.

But in fact, abnormal results are far from a death knell. Some mild abnormalities stem from inflammation or irritation caused by a mild yeast or bacterial infection. However, the abnormal results can also signal cervical dysplasia, abnormally shaped cells in the cervix that can be a precursor to cervical cancer. Detected early, cervical dysplasia is entirely treatable, but of course it’s better not to develop the condition in the first place.

Most cases of cervical dysplasia result from an HPV infection. While transmissible by any skin-to-skin contact, HPV, the human papilloma virus, is so commonly transmitted by sexual activity that it’s considered a virtual marker for having had unprotected sex. Generally, the immune system can handle HPV, which is often symptomless, and outbreaks of the virus come and go like an unremarkable cold. But when the virus persists or comes from a high-risk strain, it can cause cervical dysplasia. For that reason alone, it’s important to understand HPV and to learn how to prevent it and—if you already have it—how to treat it.

Identifying HPV

Doctors and researchers have isolated more than 100 strains of HPV. Some cause the benign but annoying warts that pop up unexpectedly on your hands or feet, but at least 30 strains can infect the genital area, silently lurking in the skin and mucous membranes for months or even years. HPV is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact, which means you can unwittingly infect your partner—or vice versa.

Once you’re sexually active, your health routine should include a pelvic exam and Pap test, in which cells are gently scraped from the uterus and cervix and smeared on a slide that’s examined under a microscope. The widespread use of the Pap test or Pap smear, developed by George Papanicolaou, MD, more than 60 years ago, has reduced cervical cancer deaths by more than 70 percent in the US.

“A Pap smear is a true screening test,” says Bethany Hayes, MD, OB/GYN. “It’s relatively noninvasive, relatively inexpensive, and picks up abnormalities early enough to do something about them.” Hayes is the medical director of True North Health Center, an integrated holistic healthcare center in Falmouth, Maine.

Not all abnormal Pap results call for great concern, but they do indicate a need for follow-up with a healthcare provider to determine the cause of the abnormal results. The Pap itself is not diagnostic, stresses Tori Hudson, ND, professor of gynecology at the National College of Naturopathic Medic...

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