Cervical Cancer Screening

Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates -  - OB/GYN

Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates

OB/GYNs located in Northbrook, IL

Cervical cancer affects the lives of more than 12,800 women in the United States each year. To reduce your risk for this type of cancer, Steven Valfer, MD, and Regan Valfer, MD, offer routine cervical cancer screening services at Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates in Northbrook, Illinois. The doctors provide customized treatment plans for cervical cancer screening and treatment of precancerous and cancerous cervical abnormalities. They perform LEEP procedures and offer HPV testing and vaccinations to reduce your risk of developing precancerous and cancerous cervical abnormalities. If you haven’t had a cervical cancer screening, book one online or call today.

Cervical Cancer Screening Q & A

What is cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the cells lining your cervix, the bottom part of your uterus that connects to your vagina. 

These cells may turn cancerous due to an infection from different strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can cause cells to grow abnormally and out of control, resulting in precancerous and sometimes cancerous changes of your cervix. 

Other risk factors for cervical cancer include:

  • Smoking history
  • Early sexual activity
  • Weakened immune system
  • Other STDs, like chlamydia and gonorrhea

Routine cervical cancer screenings can detect precancerous cell changes that may increase your chances of developing cervical cancer.

What is involved in a cervical cancer screening?

A cervical cancer screening uses a test called a Pap smear to collect a sample of cells from your cervix. 

The physicians at Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates offer routine Pap smears as part of your pelvic exam. They follow the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) guidelines and make decisions with you about the need for screenings based on your medical history.

To collect the cells, your provider sample cells from the surface of your cervix. They send the sample to a medical lab for further evaluation to determine if cells are precancerous or cancerous. 

The providers also offer HPV testing, similar to a Pap smear, collecting cells to determine if you have an infection that can increase your risk for precancerous or cancerous changes of your cervix. To prevent your risk of developing an HPV infection or cervical cancer, you can receive an HPV vaccination at Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates.

How is cervical cancer treated?

If your tests show your cervical cells are precancerous or cancerous, your Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates provider may request additional testing, including a colposcopy to further evaluate the abnormalities. This procedure uses a special high-powered magnifying instrument to get a closer look at your cervix, vulva, and vagina. 

Depending on the diagnosis, your provider may recommend treatments like:

Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP)

LEEP is a treatment to remove precancerous cells from your cervix using a small electrical wire loop. The providers offer LEEP if they discover abnormal cells during a Pap smear or colposcopy. 

Cold knife cone (CKC)

CKC is a procedure to remove a cone-shaped piece of your cervical tissue using a scalpel or laser technology. The doctors can use CKC to remove both precancerous and cancerous cells from your cervix. They perform this procedure in a hospital setting and provide you with general anesthesia to keep you comfortable.

To schedule a preventive cervical cancer screening, call Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates or request an appointment online today.