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SENIOR CONSULTATION BY PAMELA TRONETTI, DO, AGSF
Pamela Tronetti,
DO, AGSF, PMC
Senior Services
Medical Director

WOMEN, BE ON
THE LOOKOUT
Breast cancer may get top billing, but you need
to watch out for these other culprits, too

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radiation dose CT scan is more sensitive
at finding small, developing cancers.
This type of CT scan is recommended
for current or former smokers ages 55
to 74 with a smoking history of one
pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years
(or equivalent).
Colon cancer is the third most
common cancer in women. It often runs
in families, and early detection is the key
to removing cancerous and precancerous polyps. Generally, the American
Cancer Society recommends a routine
colonoscopy every 10 years between
ages 50 and 75, with more frequent testing if polyps (growths) are found.
Uterine cancer most commonly
shows as bleeding or spotting, especially
after menopause. A physical exam, ultrasound and biopsy are the next steps.

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We have become a pinkribbon society. The ubiquitous ribbons on breast cancer
awareness pins, signs and T-shirts remind
us that we've come a long way in early
diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
This focus, unfortunately, has given
some women a false sense of security of
cancer in general-that is, "I've had my
mammogram, so I don't have to worry
about cancer."
Cancer is a head-to-toe disease, and
women need to protect themselves
and their families with awareness, testing and preventive care for all types
of cancer.
Lung cancer is the top cancer
killer of women. Smokers and former
smokers are at higher risk. Although a
chest X-ray might show a tumor, a low

Ovarian cancer can cause nausea,
bloating, swelling and lower abdominal
discomfort. Specialized blood testing and
ultrasound help make the diagnosis.
Vulvar cancer is estimated to
occur in 1 out of 333 women, with half
of the cases occurring in women older
than 70. The vulva includes the soft
mucous membrane tissue surrounding
the external vaginal area and bladder
opening. This cancer may feel like a
bump, a rash, an ulceration or a wart.
Some women are embarrassed to get it
checked, but they should be seen by a
gynecologist who can perform a visual
check as well as a biopsy in the office.
Melanoma is a cancer of the
melanocytes-the pigment cells of the
skin. Although anyone can get this disease, it is more common in fair-skinned
people. Melanoma tumors usually look
like dark, irregular growths on the surface of the skin, and they may start as a
simple mole. They can appear anywhere
on the body, even unexpected places like
the scalp, ears, palms of the hands, soles
of the feet, mouth, eyes or nail beds. If
left untreated, melanomas spread to the
brain, lungs and other internal organs,
resulting in death.
Head and neck cancers can be
found inside the mouth, nose and
throat, including on the tongue and tonsils. The first sign might be a persistent
sore throat, hoarseness, painless bleeding or swollen glands. An evaluation by
an ear, nose and throat physician will
start the diagnostic process. Treatment
usually requires a combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. ■



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