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

Vincent Thomas Karolewics
(256) 737-2285
1811 Parkway Cir
Cullman, AL
Specialty
Radiation Oncology

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George Meriwether Perrine, MD
(205) 481-7742
985 9th Ave SW
Bessemer, AL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1969

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Stephen Andrew White, MD
(334) 273-7000
4145 Carmichael Rd
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1993

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Thomas H Howard
(205) 939-9285
1600 7th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

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Dice Kyle Lineberry, MD
(205) 877-2981
2022 Brookwood Medical Ctr Dr Ste 415
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Hematology-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1964
Hospital
Hospital: Baptist Shelby Med Ctr, Alabaster, Al; Brookwood Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Brookwood Oncology-Hematology

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George M Perrine
(205) 481-4511
737 Memorial Dr
Bessemer, AL
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology

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Edith K Graves
(334) 749-3385
121 N 20th St
Opelika, AL
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology, Medical Oncology

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John Ridgway Durant, MD
(205) 969-2188
2030 Country Ridge Pl
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1956

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Groesbeck P Parham, MD
(205) 934-2051
619 19th St S Ste 538
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1981

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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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