Articles written by: "Elizabeth Poynor, M.D."

Ovarian Cancer Screening: No Good News, No New News

September 24, 2012 by Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

We now know that the yearly screening test employing an absolute “positive” or “negative” CA-125 value and ultrasound is not effective in detecting the disease at its earliest stage, when it is most curable.

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Endometriosis: An Expert Can Help End the Suffering

April 30, 2012 by Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

By Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

Today, women, foundations, and physicians are leading a new movement—in the United States and worldwide—to properly diagnose and treat women with this disease.

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The New Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines: What You Need to Know

January 17, 2012 by Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

By Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D

Two years ago, panels of experts recommended that some women have less frequent screenings. Should you follow the new guidelines?

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Encore: Pay Attention to Your Cervix (and not just during Cervical Health Awareness Month!)

January 6, 2012 by Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

By Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Elizabeth Poynor notes that regular cervical cancer screenings and Pap smears help detect cervical cancer, which is largely preventable.

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Preventing “Ovarian” Cancer: Remove the Fallopian Tubes?

November 1, 2011 by Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

By Elizabeth Poynor, M.D. Ph. D.

Ovarian cancer is the most deadly of the gynecologic cancers. Here’s the latest on your options.

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Hysterectomy Update: Think Twice About Those Ovaries

April 4, 2011 by Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

By Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

You’re having a hysterectomy. Should your ovaries be removed, too?

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Ovarian Cysts in Post-Menopausal Women: What to Look For and What to Ask

January 4, 2011 by Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

By Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

Ovarian cysts are common in post-menopausal women, and most are not cancerous. But any ovarian cyst should be taken seriously.

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Ovarian Cancer: What Is It, and Am I at Elevated Risk?

December 13, 2010 by Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

By Dr. Elizabeth Poynor

Ovarian cancer is not common, but it can be lethal. If you think that you may be at elevated risk to develop ovarian cancer, bring these factors to the attention of your personal physician.

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Ovarian Cancer: Yes, There Are Early Warning Signs and Symptoms

November 29, 2010 by Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

By Elizabeth Poynor, M.D. Ph.D.

Since screening for ovarian cancer is currently inadequate, it’s important for women to be aware of the signs and symptoms–and listen to their bodies.

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Hereditary Colon Cancer: What You Need to Know

April 1, 2010 by Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

The Loss of the Yearly Pap Smear

November 24, 2009 by Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

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Last week was a perfect storm for women’s healthcare as we know it, and many are questioning whether these changes would, in fact, be detrimental to women. Just as the debate on health care reform was beginning to heat up in the Senate, we learned from two independent agencies about radical changes in how and […]

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Dr. Elizabeth Poynor: What is Lichen Sclerosus?

April 22, 2009 by Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

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Lichen sclerosus (LS) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin; While it may occur in any part of the body it typically involves the vulvar and perianal regions in women. The cause of LS is not well understood, but it is thought to be an autoimmune process that breaks down the skin, perhaps exacerbated […]

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A New Outlook for Stem Cell Research

March 9, 2009 by Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

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by Dr. Elizabeth Poynor President Obama, at a White House ceremony on Monday, announced a lifting  of the eight-year ban on federal support of stem cell research that was imposed by President Bush in 2001. While no decisions have yet been made about expansion of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, today’s move holds […]

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Gardasil: Dr. Elizabeth Poyner on HPV and Women Over 40

October 23, 2008 by Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

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A 45-year-old woman asks why Gardasil is prescribed only for young women.

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Hormone Therapy and Diagnostic Tests: Interpretation is Important

October 9, 2008 by Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

Dear Dr. Poyner, I have been using Vagifem, a vaginal estrogen, twice a week because I had pain with intercourse without it. This has worked really well along with a lubricant that I use when I have intercourse. I am 70 and have a pelvic sonogram once a year to make sure that the vaginal […]

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