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Privilege of the Pap

As the volunteer Medical Director of the Safety Net Clinic of the Center for Black Women's Wellness in Atlanta, I have the luxury of talking with women about their individual risks of cervical cancer, and encouraging eligible women to get the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine.  All of the women have individual appointments and the…
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Operating in the DRC

On my recent and third trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for Projet Myome - the Fibroid Project - I accomplished more than I had imagined.  First, I was able to train a Congolese doctor to do a myomectomy, as we say in surgery, from skin to skin.  Operating from early morning until…
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Heavy Periods

Today, like most days, I saw women of many ages suffering from heavy periods. It is not uncommon for some women to soak through a tampon AND a pad in less than an hour. This interferes with work and play. Many women wait until they have had a terribly embarrassing moment before taking the time…
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Fibroids

There has been quite a bit in the news recently about a procedure called morcellation, a process that allows us to take large fibroids out through a small incision.  I was taught that less than 1 in 10,000 fibroids was cancerous.  New data show that close to 1 in 350 fibroids may be cancerous, which…
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