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Regular Pelvic Checks Vital to Detect Cancer — Urologist

Early diagnosis of pelvic cancer is vital for successful treatment and women should have regular check-ups to help detect the disease at its onset, The Urology Hospital, Pretoria advises.

Pelvic cancer refers to various cancers in the pelvic area, including cancer of the bladder, anus, rectum and cancer of the skin and soft tissue. For women, pelvic cancer also includes cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar cancer.

Early diagnosis vital

Urologist Dr Frans van Wijk says pelvic cancer can be fatal if left undetected and untreated. “Early diagnosis is vital,” he stressed, adding that women should consult a gynecologist regularly and a urologist where necessary to undergo ultra sound scans for accurate diagnosis.

“I would urge women to go for regular check-ups of the pelvic region. In addition to pap smears, women should consult their specialists for scans or screening, particularly if they experience lower abdominal pain, bladder symptoms or a change in bowel function,” said van Wijk, adding that The Urology Hospital had a pelvic floor unit dedicated to treating pelvic conditions.

Treatments

He said pelvic cancer treatments varied depending on a host of factors including the type of pelvic cancer and its stage of advancement. Treatment includes surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy.

For pelvic floor consultations, contact The Urology Hospital, Pretoria on 012 423 4000 or email ansie@urology.co.za.

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