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Cancer Prevention

Heather A Dixon, D.O. -  - Obstetrics & Gynecology

Heather A Dixon, D.O.

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Corpus Christi, TX

A number of cancers affect women only — or disproportionately when compared to men. At Corpus Christi Women’s Clinic in Corpus Christi, Texas, Heather Dixon, DO, and their skilled team of OB/GYNs provide cancer prevention and screening tests like the human papillomavirus (HPV) test and vaccine, breast exams, and Pap smears. To discuss cancer prevention, book your appointment by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.

Cancer Prevention Q & A

What is cancer?

Cancer is an umbrella term describing a variety of diseases that start when the cells in your body divide uncontrollably. Cancer can occur anywhere in your body. Without early treatment, cancerous cells can spread to other tissues and organs and cause malfunctions and complications. 

While cancer is life-threatening, it is treatable. At Corpus Christi Women’s Clinic, Dr. Dixon provides several forms of cancer screening and prevention to help you catch cancer in its early stages or reduce your chances of dying from the disease.

Which types of cancer affect only women?

There are several types of cancer that only affect women or affect them disproportionately. Dr. Dixon specializes in their prevention and screening. She can teach you more about:

Breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women. It develops in your breast tissue and can change the appearance or texture of your breast.

Cervical cancer

Cervical cancer affects your cervix — the opening from your vaginal canal to your uterus. A major risk factor for cervical cancer is human papillomavirus (HPV), an infection that spreads through sex.

Ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is cancer affecting your ovaries, which are the organs that produce your eggs and female sex hormones. 

Endometrial cancer

Endometrial cancer affects the lining of your uterus called the endometrium. 

How does cancer prevention work?

Dr. Dixon offers a number of screening tests and prevention strategies for cancer. At Corpus Christi Women’s Clinic, you can get:

Breast examinations

A breast examination checks for tissue changes that can indicate breast cancer. After age 40, you should get regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer too. 

Pap smears

A Pap test is a screening for cellular changes in your cervix that can indicate cervical cancer. Dr. Dixon extracts a sample of cells from your cervix and examines them in the lab.

HPV tests

HPV testing is available for women aged 30 and older. An HPV test can tell you whether or not you have HPV, which puts you at risk for cervical cancer. 

The HPV vaccine

A vaccine is available for HPV. Dr. Dixon recommends getting the first shot around age 11 or 12, previously approved for women under the age of 27, now according to new guidelines the vaccine is recommended to high risk women up to the age of 45.

Endometrial Biopsy

An endometrial biopsy is a sampling of the inside lining of the uterus called the endometrium. This can help rule out the presence of precancerous or cancerous growths.

For more information about cancer prevention and screening, call Corpus Christi Women’s Clinic or book an appointment online today.