cervical health

January is Cervical Health Month at MSCI

Women’s health is an important subject to talk about. January is Cervical Health Month around the country, and MSCI is doing its part to educate our patients on how to enjoy their best health possible. Cervical health involves screening in particular for HPV and cervical cancer. For women, an annual screening can help with early detection and prevention of cervical cancer, and the HPV vaccine can prevent HPV.

Here are a few facts about HPV:

·         Nearly everyone, men and women, will contract HPV at some point in their lives; however, HPV will go away on its own most of the time (9 out of 10 times)

·         HPV affects 79 million Americans

·         When HPV does not go away, it can cause health problems, including genital warts and HPV-related cancers. These include cancers of the penis, vulva, cervix, vagina, or anus

·         Every year, almost 31,000 men and women will develop cancers associated with HPV. Around 28,000 of these cases could be prevented by the HPV vaccine

·         HPV can be spread even when there are no signs or symptoms

·         Symptoms of HPV can develop years after being infected

·         The HPV vaccine can prevent HPV from spreading

·         It is recommended by the CDC that all kids ages 11-12 should get two shots of HPV vaccines, twelve months apart

Cervical cancer is another disease that can be screened. Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV. Detecting cervical cancer usually results in a successful treatment. To screen for cervical cancer, doctors perform a Pap test. The test checks to see if there are any abnormal cells of the cervix, and if detected, doctors can usually begin treatment right away.

If you need to find an OBGYN in Irving, you can contact our specialists Dr. Frans Beltran and Dr. Kristen Carmichael. Both doctors offer comprehensive women’s health services to help women of any age enjoy their best health. You can learn more about both of these doctors by visiting our OBGYN in Irving website. As we mentioned previously, January is an excellent time to schedule important annual medical appointments, including a women’s wellness exam. Talk to one of our Irving OBGYNs if you have any concerns about your health.

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Important Annual Medical Appointments at MSCI

With the new year just around the corner, now is the perfect time to schedule some important annual medical appointments that every adult needs. Many of us are guilty of putting off these appointments, but many experts agree that seeing doctors regularly can help catch problems early. Our team of Irving medical providers is here to help you achieve the best health possible. With over 20 specialties at our Irving clinic, we are prepared for whatever medical procedure you may need!

The annual medical appointments you should be making change as you get older. There are also a few screenings that are exclusive to women and men. Taking these medical tests can help our team of Irving medical experts identify problems and work with you to create effective health plans. Here are the tests you should schedule:

Primary Care Physician visit

This is a good appointment to make for either sex or any age! Having a physical can help screen for a variety of issues. Doctors take your vitals, which can help identify issues like blood pressure. A blood test can also screen for a variety of problems. Let your doctor know your family history, as he or she might want to run additional tests.


Starting in your 20s, women should visit the gynecologist to screen for a variety of women’s health issues. Going annually can help screen for breast cancer, especially if you have a history of breast cancer in your family.


Children are mostly the focus when it comes to vaccinations, but adults should consider their vaccinations as well. This will not be an annual appointment (except for the flu vaccine), since vaccines work for long periods of time, sometimes for life; however, there  are some vaccines, like tetanus, that require boosters. Talk to your doctor when you get your physical if there are any vaccines you need to update.

Cholesterol screening

When you enter your 40s, you should add a cholesterol screening once every 5 years. If you have risk factors like smoking, a history of heart disease or diabetes, and high blood pressure, you should consider starting cholesterol screenings in your 30s. Talk to your doctor to decide what’s right for you.


When women turn 40, they should begin to schedule annual mammograms at 40; however, some doctors recommend starting screenings when you turn 50. Talk to your doctor about your family history and other risk factors to determine the best starting date.


When you turn 50, start getting a colonoscopy every 5 or 10 years. This examination can catch colon cancer early, as well as check and make sure your colon is functioning properly.


If you have trouble with your vision or if your vision isn’t as clear as it used to be, consider scheduling a visit to the ophthalmologist. When you enter your 40s, many doctors recommend visiting an ophthalmologist every two to four years. Then, when you turn 65, start seeing an ophthalmologist regularly.


The start of a new year is a great time to schedule appointments. With many of us busy year round, it is easy to forget to take care of your health. By lining up your important annual medical appointments with the New Year, you get an easy reminder to take care of your health. Alternatively, you can schedule your medical appointments around your birthday. Whatever is easiest for you, just make sure you are taking care of your health!


National COPD Awareness Month

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects more than 3 million people every year, with around 30 million people currently diagnosed with COPD in the United States. November is COPD Awareness Month, and our team at MSCI has put together some information about this condition.

COPD actually describes a number of different diseases that affects your lungs. These diseases include:

·         Emphysema

·         Chronic bronchitis

·         Non-reversible asthma (refractory asthma)

·         Certain types of bronchiectasis

While someone with COPD might have some or all of these diseases, each one of them contributes to a feeling breathlessness. Many people confuse this feeling and coughing as part of the aging process, but in actuality, COPD could actually be the culprit. People who are particularly at risk of having COPD include:

·         Smokers

·         Individuals with chronic cough or increased sputum production

·         Individuals with reoccurring respiratory infections

·         Individuals who get shortness of breath while exercising (exertional dyspnea)

·         Individuals who have been exposed to environmental toxins

Most doctors can screen for COPD when you do your preventative care screening or wellness evaluations. If you have any of these symptoms and feel like you might be at risk for COPD. Many experts believe that COPD is under-diagnosed and under-treated.

COPD is usually treated in a couple of ways. If you are a smoker, your doctor will ask you to stop smoking. Although this can be difficult, continuing to smoke can make your COPD worse and make it increasingly difficult to breathe. If you are a smoker suffering from COPD and you are having difficulty quitting, talk to your doctor about creating a plan to help you to quit. Every smoker will have a different path to quitting.

If you are a not a smoker but still have COPD, your doctor will create a treatment plan based on your needs. These treatments often include an inhaler, either for a bronchodilator or for steroids. Sometimes, certain medications will combine both. These medications are designed to help you breathe easier by opening up your airways. There are also some other medications that your doctor may prescribe you.

If you are experiencing shortness of breath or having a difficult time breathing, talk to your doctor and see if COPD could be the problem. Our team at the Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving are always here to assist you in your journey to better health. Call us at (972) 253-4200 to schedule your appointment.