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BY Lucy Towler

I’ve had abnormal Pap tests my whole life — starting when I first began getting them around age 18. Since then, I’ve had at least one abnormal Pap test every year. So, getting retested frequently to rule out the possibility of cervical cancer was nothing new to me.

I only started to worry when I didn’t stop bleeding months after my third child was born in 2020. Once I decided to seek medical attention, I wanted answers fast. But...

Close-up photo of Lucy Towler, with her son, Grant

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Kathleen Schmeler, M.D., has been focused on bringing high-quality cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment programs to women in underserved...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

About 10,000 people are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. The vast majority of cases are due to the human papillomavirus (HPV).

BY Heather Alexander

Choosing skin care products can be overwhelming. There are so many ingredients and so many claims of benefits.

But there is one ingredient that has stayed the course since its introduction in the 1960s. Retin-A is a form of vitamin A used to rejuvenate skin and, in some cases, treat skin spots that may be precancerous. 

“Retin-A is a great product,” says dermatologist Anisha Patel, M.D. “The active ingredient is tretinoin...

Woman checks skin in a mirror.

BY David Hensley

Unless you’re a patient, or know a friend or relative who has it, I can’t imagine most people think too much about cancer — much less where...

BY Debbie Schneider

I did not expect anything to be wrong during my mammogram. I hadn’t felt any lumps or noticed any other breast cancer symptoms. So when the...

BY Anisha Patel, M.D.

What are the different types of skin cancer? How are they usually diagnosed? What do they look like? And how are they treated? 

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BY Cynthia DeMarco

What are the symptoms of colorectal cancer in women? Are they any different from the symptoms that men normally experience? And is it possible...

BY Kris Sokolowski

The running joke in my family is that I’m always at the doctor’s office. I’ve never missed a checkup since I was in my early 20s. And I go...

BY Molly Adams

Breasts come in all shapes and sizes, but did you know they can also vary in density? Breasts are composed of fat and glandular breast tissue...