Research: Seeking Answers For Women Of All Ages
The Women’s Health Care Research Center is working to accelerate improvements in women’s health by answering key research questions about diseases and treatments affecting women. We are regionally recognized as a location where vital research is spearheaded, conducted, shared, and further investigated—all in order to close the existing gap in knowledge and improve women’s longevity and well-being.
Many women face a family history of medical issues that may impact their health at different life stages. Some of the most notable of these are a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer, menopause, and osteoporosis.
The highly experienced doctors and medical professionals at WHCPC are able to provide the most advanced testing and medical management services for these issues. You can also rely on them to make you an informed partner in your own health decisions by providing education and counseling.
If you have questions about any of the tests or services described below, please call our office or speak with your doctor during your next appointment.
BRCA (Breast and Ovarian Cancer) gene testing
A BRCA gene test is a blood test to check for specific changes (mutations) in genes that help control normal cell growth. This test is done for women with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer. Women who inherit these BRCA gene changes have a higher-than-average chance of getting breast or ovarian cancer. For more information to help you decide if this test is right for you please speak with your doctor.
Mammography and Breast self-exam
The most effective way to detect breast cancer is by mammogram. The breast self-exam is a way that you can check your breasts for changes. Any unusual changes noted when you perform the exam should be reported and discussed with your doctor.
Menopause is the permanent end of menstruation, a turning point in a woman’s life. Symptoms vary, so learning about them can be beneficial. Talk to your doctor about any symptoms or complications you might have, and find out how to cope with the effects of each.
Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that causes them to become weak and brittle. It affects men and women of all races, but white and Asian women – especially those who are past menopause – are at the highest risk. Medications, dietary supplements and weight-bearing exercise can help strengthen your bones. Talk to your doctor to find out what course of action, if any, is needed to ensure your bones are as healthy as possible.