Cancer Screening in Women
Pelvic exams with Pap smear testing for cervical cancer screening is done in our office. Mammography for breast cancer screening is done at North Shore Medical Center or at any of the Mass General Brigham imaging centers. Women with strong family histories of breast cancer will undergo additional risk assessments. In addition, we recommend colonoscopy at age 50 and perform annual skin checks to screen for skin cancer.
Common acute complaints include vaginal and pelvic symptoms. We are experienced in the diagnosis and management of these complaints and we perform pelvic exams in the office in a safe and pleasant setting. We will refer our patients to our OB/GYN colleagues as needed to manage certain conditions.
Our Women’s Health team provides expertise in contraceptive counseling and treatment options. We are certified to place long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) including intrauterine contraceptives and skin implants. LARCs are considered the most effective form of contraception and are safe for most teens and women.
Osteoporosis is a major issue for women before and after menopause. We follow Mass General Brigham guidelines for bone health imaging and have expertise in managing osteopenia and osteoporosis. If necessary, we will refer our patients to endocrinology specialists.
Women often have questions and concerns as they approach menopause as to whether or not to start hormonal or other therapies. The Charter team is experienced in addressing these issues and will offer advice and care that is tailored to the patient’s needs.
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