When Ovarian Cysts Turn Cancerous

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Cysts can occur all over a person’s body. There are types of cysts that occur more common than others, such as ovarian cysts in women. Some cysts may become cancerous but they occur rarely in the ovary. But when can you know if an ovarian cysts becomes cancerous? Preventative care for an ovarian cyst is a way to take care of a cyst before it can become cancerous. Constant monitoring of the ovarian cysts will make sure that it will not become a bigger problem, like a cancerous cyst, down the road.

Can Ovarian Cyst Become Cancerous?

Ovarian cysts that get preventative care will most likely not become cancerous. It is rare for an ovarian cyst to become cancerous, but there still is a chance that it can be a cancerous cyst.

Similar symptoms

Ovarian cancer and ovarian cysts don’t just share similar locations in the body. They also share similar symptoms. This may be the reason that it can be confusing on whether or not you may have an ovarian cyst or symptoms of ovarian cysts.

The symptoms are:

  • Abdominal pain and pressure
  • Frequent or urgent urination
  • Painful intercourse
  • Abdominal swelling or bloating
  • Feeling overstuffed or having trouble eating

Preventative care

In order to prevent an ovarian cyst that may become cancerous, your doctor will either monitor the cysts or do a removal treatment. Most cysts don’t require treatment, and if small, they could even go away on their own. Depending on how large the cyst is, the doctor will determine whether they will monitor the cyst or remove it.

There are two types of removal procedures done for ovarian cysts:

  • Laparoscopy: This is a procedure doctors will do on smaller cysts. They will make a small cut above the belly button so that the doctor will insert a small tool with a camera to see inside. The doctor will take another tool and remove the cyst. You will not have any hospital time after this procedure.
  • Laparotomy: This is the procedure for large cysts or cysts that may be cancerous. It is similar to the laparoscopy, but requires a bigger cut.

Preventive and Comprehensive Care

Ovarian cysts have a chance to be cancerous. Don’t guess whether or not it will be, visit the doctors at the Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care in order to have your ovarian cyst monitor. Visit us today in order to schedule an appointment.


Screening Time: How to Screen Yourself for Cancer

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Early detection of cancer could be the number one way to survive cancer. Finding cancer early gives doctors a chance to keep it from spreading further. It’s important to know what to look out for early on and have a doctor address any concerns you have. Screening yourself for cancer can help with finding things that may be abnormal. Self assessments, such as self breast exams, are a great way for you to take charge of preventing cancer from spreading. Early detection can help you from allowing the cancer to take over.

How You Can Screen Yourself for Cancer

Some cancers have self exams that you can perform to evaluate anything that’s abnormal or if something new has appear that wasn’t there previously.

Self exam for skin cancer

One monthly self exam you can perform will keep you mindful of signs of skin cancer. This exam involves examining your body for any new or changing marks or spots that may be precancerous. The areas of focus on the face is the nose, lips, mouth, and ears. Using a hairdryer, you can check your scalp for any changes. This exam requires that you examine every inch of your body for any skin changes that were not there the month before.

Self breast exam

Women of all ages are recommended to do a self breast exam at least once a month. These exams can help get you familiar with how your breast looks and feels. This exam helps you sense when something’s not right.

You can perform a self breast exam in the following locations:

  • In front of a mirror
  • In the shower
  • Lying down on your bed

If you feel something abnormal in your monthly exam, visit a doctor to check if it is something serious.

Comprehensive Care for Your Cancer Needs

If you detect something that is abnormal, visit the doctors at the Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care. We will help provide comprehensive counseling for your cancer needs. Schedule a consultation with us today!

Secrets to Sexual Pleasure Later in Life

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When you’ve been with your partner for a long time, sex may not be the number one priority. With having your children grow up and leaving the nest, this is the opportunity to explore your intimacy again. You have more alone time and more free time to go on more dates and have more sexual intimacy.

How can you prepare to become sexually active later on in life? Sexual intimacy is not something to brush off just because you’ve reached a certain age. Sexuality in later life can be possible and there are procedures, such as Femilift, that can help boost your sexuality with your partner.

How to Have Sexual Pleasure Later in Life

Get back to the intimacy levels you had with your significant other before you had your wonderful children and were getting to know each other. Feel young again with your partner like it is the first time again.

Talk to your doctor

If you are both looking to have more sexual pleasure, visit your doctor to ask if you are both healthy enough. Your doctor can let you know if you have any health conditions that could cause sexual problems. Common causes for sexual problems are:

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Incontinence

If you have any of these conditions, your doctor will recommend certain medication to help with your sexual intimacy.

Rejuvenation for pleasure

If you feel that you lack vaginal lubrication or experience pain during sexual intercourse, there are vaginal rejuvenation procedures that could help you. Procedures, such as Femilift, are minimally invasive and require no down time. This means you can get back to your love and explore each other again right away.

Feel Sexy Again with Femilift

Get back to the sexy you with the minimally invasive Femilift procedure. Dr. Lynn Kowalski, MD will walk you through your whole procedure and you will get back to sexual intimacy that same day. Schedule a consultation with us today!


Difference between Endometriosis and Menstrual Pain [Infographic]

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All women experience menstrual cramps during their period and some cramps can feel like they are the worst pain in the world. It may be something else if you experience cramps that keep you in bed the whole day. This may be endometriosis and it is a good idea to identify the difference between normal menstrual pain and endometriosis.


Am I Old Enough? When You Should Start Getting a Pap Smear

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A Pap smear is a very important procedure for a woman to do in order to check for risks of cervical cancer. Most women get the procedure done after a certain age. But what is the right age to ask your doctor for a Pap smear? Also, if you are not sexually active, do you still need to get a Pap smear? There is a right age for young women to begin to get Pap smears. Pap smear results are a great way for doctors to do early cancer detection.

What Is the Right Age for a Pap Smear?

A Pap smear is the screening process of cells of the cervix that a doctor will scrap from the lower portion of the uterus that opens into the vagina. The right age to begin getting a Pap smear done is 21 years old. The doctor will recommend that you get a Pap smear every three to five years. A Pap smear result could detect HPV, which is important for monitoring cervical cancer. Early prevention of cervical cancer can save a woman from cancer spreading.

What if I am not sexually active?

Being sexually active isn’t the only way for you to be able to get a Pap smear. A Pap smear can be performed on someone that is still not sexually active. They may have a lesser risk of getting cervical cancer, but it is still good to check in order to check if there are potentially early signs of cervical cancer or the presence of HPV. You can ask your doctor if a Pap smear is recommended. You still need to be over 21 in order to begin getting a Pap smear done. If you are not comfortable getting a Pap smear while not being sexually active, your doctor may recommend different options for cancer detection.

Schedule Your Pap Smear

If you are over 21 years of age, plan to have your first Pap smear soon to check on early detection of cervical cancer. The doctors at the Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care will walk you through your first Pap smear with care. Schedule your Pap smear today!

The Prolonged Period: What Does It Mean If Your Menstrual Period is Longer Than Normal

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Menstrual periods can feel like they never end and the average of five days may feel like they are the longest five days of your life. Having to experience that every month is the worst part. You have a countdown for the day that your period is meant to end. But what happens when your period goes past your normal amount of days?

A prolonged menstrual period can happen, and it could be a sign of a couple of things. The most common reasons for a prolonged menstrual bleeding could be menorrhagia, polymenorrhea, and dysfunctional uterine bleeding. The symptoms may differ, and it would be best to visit a doctor to know what your situation is.

What Does Your Prolonged Menstrual Period Mean?

If your normal menstrual period goes one or two days longer, it may not be something serious. The average period is about three to seven days so if your usual period is about five days and it goes to seven days; it may just be an irregularity. Contact your doctor if your menstrual period has been 13-21 days long and still has not finished.


One of the causes of a prolonged menstrual period is menorrhagia. It is the the medical term for prolonged and abnormally heavy bleeding. Menorrhagia can cause so much blood loss and cramping during the menstrual period that it will keep someone from doing their regular  day-to-day activities. It is recommended to visit a doctor if you suffer from these painful menstrual periods, and they may prescribe treatments for menorrhagia.


You may not be experiencing prolonged menstrual period but what happens if the time between your periods is getting shorter. If you begin getting your period is less than a 21-day menstrual cycle, you may be experiencing polymenorrhea. This is what happens when you begin to have frequent periods.

Common causes of polymenorrhea are:

  • Stress
  • Dysfunctional uterine bleeding
  • Excessive exercise
  • Short luteal phase

Dysfunctional uterine bleeding

As a symptom of polymenorrhea, dysfunctional uterine bleeding is when irregular uterine bleeding occurs and shows a disruption in the pattern of ovulatory hormonal stimulation in the uterine lining. The bleeding ranges from light to heavy and could be frequent, random, or prolonged.

Check Your Symptoms at the Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care

If you are experiencing a prolonged menstrual period, visit a doctor at the Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care. We have highly trained doctors that will treat and consult you for your prolonged menstrual period. Schedule an appointment today!

The Results Are in: What Doctors Can Tell from Pap Smear Results

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During your visit to your gynecologist, they may have informed you that they will be performing a pap smear that day. You have always wondered what the pap smear actually shows in the results. Pap smear results could show doctors many things and could be a preventative way to check for certain diseases, such as HPV and Cervical cancer. If the results come out unusual, additional procedures will be recommended such as a colposcopy.

What Your Doctor Can Learn from Your Pap Smear Results

A pap smear is the most simple way for a doctor to detect and prevent diseases from spreading further than they need to. A pap smear is very important for women to receive in order to detect major cancers and viruses.

What is a pap smear?

A pap smear is a screening procedure where the doctor will scrape cells from the cervix, the lower area of the uterus that opens into the vagina. The doctor will insert a speculum into your vagina in order to keep the vaginal walls open. The pap smear results will show whether or not there is a presence of precancerous or cancerous cells in the cervix. The age to begin getting a pap smear is 21 years old.

Pap smear results

Pap smear results will usually come in within a couple of days. There are two important detections that doctors will look for in the results, the detection of HPV, or human papillomavirus, and cervical cancer. If your test comes out negative, that is actually a good thing, as it shows that the results don’t show any precancerous cells in the cervix. If the test comes back positive, then there are abnormal cells present. It may not be cancer automatically, as it could just be just slight inflammation or minor cell change. Your doctor may ask for you to have another pap smear done in a few months to see if it clears up. If your results are still positive after a second pap smear, then the doctor will take more tests, such as a colposcopy. The colposcopy is when the doctor will use a special magnifying device look at your vagina, cervix, and vulva.

Plan Your Pap Smear Today

Pap smears are performed every three to five years. If you are due for a pap smear, let the doctors at the Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care take care of you and help you through your pap smear results. Schedule an appointment with us today!