What You Can Do Today to Prevent Cancer and Ensure Your Reproductive Health

In many ways, cancer is uncontrollable — it strikes the young and old, men and women, and people of all races and walks of life. The good news is that many types of cancers are preventable. 

Dr. Melissa Delgado and her expert team, including nurse practitioners Wendy Roberts and Amanda McClay, are committed to not only treating your medical conditions, but also to helping you avoid them and stay healthy. That includes doing all you can to prevent cancer before it starts. Here are a few ways you can keep certain reproductive cancers at bay, or at least catch them early enough to stop them in their tracks.

Know your risk factors

Forewarned is forearmed, as they say. If you could see into the future and know whether or not you were going to get cancer, wouldn’t you want to know so you could do something about it before it was too late? 

Knowing the basic risk factors for certain types of cancers gives you valuable information so you can guard yourself against the disease. Here are the risk factors for various reproductive cancers as well as some of the early warning signs.

Cervical cancer 

Risk factors:


Breast cancer

Risk factors:


Uterine cancer

Risk factors:


Ovarian cancer

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Vaginal/vulvar cancer

Risk factors:


Get tested for cancer

Everyone should get screened for cancers, but if you have any of these risk factors, our team can test you with a more focused approach. Diagnostic tests for reproductive cancers include:

Cancer screening is the best tool for catching the disease early so you can treat it before it gets out of hand. There’s no way to know for sure if you’re going to get cancer, but there is a way to be prepared. If you smoke, quit. If you drink alcohol excessively, stop. And if reproductive cancer runs in your family, get tested frequently. Then sooner we detect it, the better your chances of surviving will be.

To get screened for reproductive cancers or for more information about pelvic pain and women’s wellness, call us at 571-261-8069 or book an appointment online.  

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