Screening and Prevention

Screening is the process of looking for cancer before any symptoms appear. Screening can allow for earlier detection of some cancers. When cancers are found early, before they have spread to other parts of the body, they are often easier to treat and have better outcomes. Visit our cervical cancer screening FAQ (on the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Clinics site) for more information.

We also offer genetic assessment and counseling for women with certain genetic mutations such as BRCA, or a family history that may increase their risk of developing ovarian or uterine cancer.

Prevention means taking steps to greatly lower your risk of developing certain types of cancer. Prevention may include the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to prevent some gynecological cancers from forming. Visit our Human Papillomavirus page (on the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Clinics site) for more information about this virus and vaccination against it.