Combined Hormone Replacement Therapy

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in Hormone Therapy | No Comments

What Does the Women’s Health Initiative Tell Us About Combined Hormone Replacement Therapy? The results of a large study of women taking hormonal therapy were recently reported & have led to a great deal of confusion concerning the use of hormonal medications. The estrogen plus progestin component of the Women’s Health Initiative, sponsored by the […]

Breast Cancer

“How common is breast cancer?” Approximately 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. It is the second most common cause of death related to cancer after lung cancer. “When and how should I be screened for breast cancer?” All women over the age of 40 should have a mammogram every year. […]

Ductal Carcinoma in Situ

“What is Ducal Carcinoma in Situ?” Ductal carcinoma in situ, also know as DCIS or intraductal carcinoma, is a breast cancer that has been found before it has spread outside of the breast duct. This is in contrast to invasive breast cancer which is no longer confined to the milk duct and has spread to […]

Abnormal Mammogram

Being told that you have an abnormal mammogram is a frightening experience. It is important to reduce this stress by diagnosing &, if necessary, treating the problem as quickly and accurately as possible. Often, more specific studies such as compression views or an ultrasound will be recommended. If the abnormality is still present and is […]

Breast Ultrasound

Ultrasound of the breast is a valuable tool in the management of breast problems. The primary benefit of breast ultrasound is to determine if a mass seen on mammogram or felt on exam is cystic or solid. If a lesion is confirmed to be a simple cyst it is benign and if asymptomatic can be […]

Digital Mammography

Digital mammography is performed in exactly the same way as screen film mammography. Instead of using film, however, the images are captured by technology similar to that used for digital cameras which convert the image to an electrical signal. The image is then stored electronically which allows for easier storage & transmission of images & […]

Adolescent Medical Issues

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Pap Smears and the Teenage Girl        Recent developments in understanding the natural history of human papilloma virus (HPV) virus & its role in cervical cancer have led to significant changes in recommendations for Pap smears in teens.             It’s been generally accepted for years that certain HPV viruses (the “high-risk” types) cause cervical cancer.  […]

Breast & Gynecologic Ultrasound

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Western Carolina Women’s Specialty Center is pleased to offer onsite ultrasound services for both gynecologic & breast problems. We have a state-of the-art ultrasound machine capable of Doppler-flow & high resolution imaging for the evaluation of pelvic problems, abnormal uterine bleeding, & breast masses. We also offer ultrasound assisted diagnostic studies & procedures including ultrasound […]

Welcome to Our Blog

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The physicians & staff of Western Carolina Women’s Specialty Center are dedicated to improving the health care & quality of life of women throughout the region. The quarterly “Women’s Health Care Update” is designed to address various health care concerns which commonly affect the lives of women who are referred to us for evaluation & […]

Combined Hormone Replacement Therapy

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in Estrogen Therapy, Hormone Therapy | No Comments

What Does the Women’s Health Initiative Tell Us About Combined Hormone Replacement Therapy? The results of a large study of women taking hormonal therapy were recently reported & have led to a great deal of confusion concerning the use of hormonal medications. The estrogen plus progestin component of the Women’s Health Initiative, sponsored by the […]