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UPMC Cancer Center is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of women afflicted with cancer, specifically breast cancer and gynecologic cancer. UPMC is recognized as a leading health system for cancer care in the United States.
About one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it's found and treated early.
Screening is one of the most important things that you can do to find cancer early. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better your survival rate. You do not need a doctor’s referral to schedule a screening. Breast cancer screening is preventive care, so there is no cost to you.
The most common type of breast cancer screening is called a mammogram. This is an x-ray picture of the breast. Mammograms usually involve two or more x-ray images of each breast. These images make it possible to detect tumors that cannot be felt. Mammograms can also find tiny deposits of calcium that sometimes indicate the presence of breast cancer.
If you are a UPMC Health Plan member, please feel free to call a Health Care Concierge for help in scheduling your mammogram. You can get your screening done at a number of locations, including:
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Cervical cancer is the easiest gynecologic cancer to prevent, with regular screening tests and follow-up. Two screening tests can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early — the Pap test and the HPV test. Both are simple, relatively quick procedures. And both can drastically lower a woman's risk for getting cervical cancer.
Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by HPV, a common, sexually transmitted infection. That's why it's so important to get tested. Women 26 years of age and under should talk to their doctor about getting vaccinated against HPV.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are more than 40 types of HPV that can infect the genital areas of men and women. You cannot see HPV. Most people who become infected with HPV do not know they have it. The HPV vaccine is for girls and women ages 9 through 26.
Who should get screened?
You should not receive the HPV vaccine if you:
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