November 2015     

Southdale ObGyn is excited to provide you with our November monthly newsletter just in time for the start of the holiday season.  We are dedicated to sharing news, views and thought-provoking articles written by our own doctors! Of course our newsletter is not only about giving you updates, it is also about sharing views on hot topics. So do let us know what you think about our newsletter, along with your suggestions for future editions.   

Dr. Deborah Davenport sorts out the mammogram guideline confusion
If you are confused about the ever changing variations in mammography screening guidelines,  you are not alone. Last month the American Cancer Society released yet another set of recommendations, adding to the confusion.

The goal of screening tests for breast cancer is to find it before it causes symptoms (like a lump that can be felt). Regular mammograms can often help find breast cancers at an early stage, when treatment is most likely to be successful. Women who have regular mammograms are more likely to have breast cancer found early, less likely to need aggressive treatment, and more likely to be cured.    
All the organizations that have issued the various mammogram guidelines agree upon this fact: yearly screening beginning at age 40 saves the most lives. They don't all agree that saving additional lives is worth the costs of anxiety for the 10% of women called back for additional views after a screening exam, or the cost of a biopsy  performed in about 1.5% of screened women, especially if those biopsies turn out to be benign.

The physicians at Southdale OBGYN, following the guidelines of the American College of OBGYN, recommend annual screening mammograms for women starting at age 40, along with clinical breast exams.  Some women who are at high risk of breast cancer based on certain factors may need to start screening earlier or have additional breast imaging.

Read The Rest Of Dr. Davenport's Article Here  

Getting the facts about HPV can help your child

You may have heard about HPV (short for human papillomavirus) before, but have you considered how serious it could be for your child later in life?  Gardasil 9 has been approved by the FDA for use in girls and young women 9 to 26 years of age for the prevention of cervical, vulvar, vaginal, and anal cancers caused by HPV.  GARDASIL 9 is also approved for use in boys 9 to 15 years of age for the prevention of anal cancer caused by HPV, precancerous or dysplastic lesions caused by HPV, and genital warts caused by HPV

For more information about HPV from ACOG (American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology click here .  For information about Gardasil 9 check out Merck's website here .


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