South Shore Women's Care
Larissa Fomitcheva, MD, PhD, FACOG
Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Lindenhurst, NY
As part of your preventive health care plan, Larissa Fomitcheva, MD, of South Shore Women's Care in West Islip and Lindenhurst, New York, offers comprehensive cancer screenings. Dr. Fomitcheva ensures you’re in optimal health during your routine appointments, checking for early signs of breast cancer, cervical cancer, and colon cancer. To schedule your cancer screening appointment, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
Cancer Screening Q & A
When do I need a cervical cancer screening?
If you’re between the ages of 21-65 and are otherwise healthy, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends having a cervical cancer screening every three years. More frequent screenings may be necessary if you have a personal or family history of cancer, however.
How is a cervical cancer screening performed?
Dr. Fomitcheva performs a Pap test and checks for human papillomavirus (HPV) during an in-office pelvic exam. These tests require the collection of cells from your cervix that is then analyzed for the presence of cancerous or precancerous cells or signs of HPV.
HPV is a viral infection you can get through sexual contact. While many HPV infections resolve on their own, some can cause changes to cervical cells and lead to cancer.
When should I get tested for breast cancer?
During your routine health exam, Dr. Fomitcheva performs a manual breast exam to check for lumps or other abnormalities. If she detects anything out of the ordinary, she will refer you for further testing, including a mammogram. You should also undergo regular breast cancer screenings annually once you turn 40, if you have a history of cancer, or if cancer runs in your family.
A mammogram is a preventive and diagnostic test where several images are taken of your breast tissue. A radiologist checks for signs of cancer and creates a report of your results.
Dr. Fomitcheva can provide you with a referral for a mammogram. If your results are abnormal, she can also work with the cancer specialist throughout your treatment to ensure your overall health.
What is colon cancer?
Colon cancer occurs in your colon, a part of your large intestine. This type of cancer can also affect your rectum. In most cases, cancer cells start out as polyps, which are abnormal growths in the colon or rectum. If polyps remain untreated, they can become cancerous.
Your risk of developing colon cancer increases as you age. When detected early, colon cancer is very treatable. Regular colon cancer screenings help Dr. Fomitcheva identify potential signs of cancer as early as possible, so effective treatment can begin sooner.
Dr. Fomitcheva can provide you with a referral for colon cancer screenings at an experienced facility as part of your routine preventive health care plan.
To learn more about the benefits of cancer screenings, schedule a consultation at South Shore Women's Care online or by phone today.
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