Cervical Cancer Specialist Norman OK

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.

Kathy Kernek Dagg
(405) 321-4644
701 E Robinson St
Norman, OK
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Hematology / Oncology, Medical Oncology

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Maril Joy Weber
(405) 321-4644
701 E Robinson St
Norman, OK
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology, Medical Oncology

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Rick Gerald Mc Kinney, DO
(405) 329-8808
500 E Robinson St Ste 2100
Norman, OK
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of N Tx Hlth Sci Ctr, Tx Coll Osteo Med, Ft Worth Tx 76107
Graduation Year: 1982

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Janae Michelle Clapp, MD
(405) 631-0919
4301 S Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1995

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Khader Khalid Hussein
(405) 631-0919
4301 S Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology

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Robert Clark Spain, MD
900 N Porter Ave Ste 103
Norman, OK
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Hillcrest Specialty Hosp, Tulsa, Ok
Group Practice: Cancer Ctr Of Greater Oklahoma

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Kathy Kernek Dagg, MD
(405) 321-4644
701 E Robinson St Ste 100
Norman, OK
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1982

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Maril Joy Weber, MD
(405) 321-4644
701 E Robinson St Ste 100
Norman, OK
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Hematology-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med, Tucson Az 85724
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Norman Regional Hospital, Norman, Ok
Group Practice: Cancer Care Assoc

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Bashar S Al Assaad, MD
4301 S Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Baghdad, Coll Of Med, Baghdad, Iraq
Graduation Year: 1985

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Khader Khalid Hussein, MD
(405) 631-0919
4301 S Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Hematology-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: American Univ Of Beirut, Fac Of Med, Beirut, Lebanon
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Integris Jim Throrpe Rehabilit, Oklahoma City, Ok
Group Practice: Cancer Care Assoc

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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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