Cancer Screening Specialist

Advanced Gynecology & Surgery

OB/GYNs located in Brooklyn, NY

Are you worried that you’re at a high risk for cancer? Faina Akselrod, MD, FACOG, FACS, and Genia Bekker, MD, FACOG, FACS, at Advanced Gynecology & Surgery in Brooklyn, hear your concerns and openly discuss cancer screening schedules. If you’re in or around New York City and have concerns due to a personal or family history of cancer, book your consultation online or call their office in Sheepshead Bay for available appointments.

Cancer Screening Q & A

Which cancers are screened?

Having regular screenings can find unhealthy tissue in several at-risk areas. Screening for several types of cancer can detect early stages of the disease. Some cancers screened for are:

  • Breast
  • Lung
  • Cervical
  • Colorectal

Speak with Dr. Bekker or Dr. Akselrod for more information about cancer screenings during your next appointment.

What are the recommended cancer screening tests?

The Advanced Gynecology & Surgery team recommends routine cancer screening methods. Mammograms identify tissue in breasts in any stage of cancer. Pap tests identify abnormal cells in your cervix including detection of human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause abnormal cells.

If your personal history involves irregular Pap tests or you have a family history of cervical cancer, speak with Dr. Akselrod or Dr. Bekker about your screening schedule.

What are the risk factors for cancer screening?

HPV is characterized as either low risk or high risk. Low-risk HPV causes warts, and high-risk HPV can cause cancer. If you’ve been treated for HPV more than once or HPV reoccurs regularly, you need a careful screening process and schedule.

Regular screening and testing provide early detection of cervical cancers. With early detection, you can look forward to a cure from cervical cancer.

How often should I be screened for cancer?

Dr. Bekker and Dr. Akselrod recommend following the guidelines of the American Cancer Society for cancer screening. By the age of 21, women should have their first Pap test to check for abnormal cells such as HPV.

Between the ages of 21-29, you can expect a Pap test every three years. If you’re 30-65, you should receive a Pap test and HPV screening once every five years. Women over 65 do not need regular screening unless they have a cervical pre-cancer diagnosis.

The Advanced Gynecology & Surgery team suggests more frequent testing and screening if you have a personal or family history of cervical cancer.

Discuss how often you need cancer screening and cancer prevention practices with Dr. Akselrod or Dr. Bekker. Call their office today for your appointment about cancer screening or book your visit online at your earliest convenience.