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UPDATES

Cigna - Jahmale has joined the CIGNA family! Jahmale Medical Solutions is now accepting Cigna insurance coverage. 


 
Health Promotions - Want to have a health promotion event at your office or organization but you don't know where to start? Contact Jahmale and we will be happy to help!
 
January/February - Cancer Awareness 
 

A Word from our Clinical Director

Cervical Cancer

The cervix is the lowest part of the uterus where it opens into the vagina. Cervical, uterine, breast and ovarian cancers together are called “gynecological cancers” or cancers of the female reproductive system.
When the cells of the cervix are attacked by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), they begin to change and, over time, these, and other, cell changes, can lead to cervical cancer. HPV is transmitted from sexual contact, so at the age of 21 or no more than 3 years after the first sexual encounter, women should begin checking for cell changes in the cervix during their regular women’s health visit. This is done using a test called a pap smear that looks for abnormal changes in cervical cells or by testing for HPV infection even while the cells still appear normal.
When early changes are detected, the doctor may observe and re-test periodically since the body will often clear the abnormal cells on its own. However, when the cells become more severely damaged, that thin layer of the cervix must be removed to stop the cells from turning into cancer. If the cells are not removed and continue to progress to cancer, the entire cervix and or uterus may be removed to control the disease. The doctor may also need to give special cancer medicines known as chemotherapy medicines to control the cancer.

Don't forget to schedule your women’s health check every year. 
EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES!
 
Dr. Nicole Cooper
Clinical Director
 
 
 
 

From The Lab Bench

 
Cervical Cancer
Approximately 570,000 cases of cervical cancer and 311,000 deaths from the disease occurred worldwide in 2018. Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women, ranking after breast cancer, colorectal cancer and lung cancer. Cervical Cancer Screening is used to find changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to cancer.
At Jahmale Medical Solutions, screening for cervical cancer includes cervical cytology (also known as Pap Smear or Pap Test) and testing for the human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes the majority of cervical cancer cases. Both tests use cells taken from the cervix. The sample collection process is simple and fast. You lie on an exam table and a speculum is used to open the vagina. Cells are removed from the cervix with a brush. The cells are then put into a special liquid and sent to the laboratory for testing. For the Pap Smear, the sample is examined to see if abnormal cells are present. For an HPV test, the sample is tested for the presence of the most common high-risk HPV types. There are more than 100 types of HPV, of which at least 14 are cancer-causing (also known as high risk type). 
Ask your healthcare provider about cervical cancer testing today.
 Jahmale is here to help!
Stanley Zilevu, BsC. 
Biomedical Scientist
Microbiology Dept.
Jahmale Medical Solution

In the Pharmacy with Pharmacist S. Michael Chu Nepay

Human Papilloma Virus vaccine
Most cervical cancers are associated with human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection. Widespread immunization with the HPV vaccine could reduce the impact of cervical cancer worldwide.
Here's what you need to know about the HPV vaccine:
  1. The vaccine can prevent most cases of cervical cancer if given before a girl or woman is exposed to the virus.
  2. In addition, this vaccine can prevent vaginal and vulvar cancer in women, and can prevent genital warts and anal cancer in women and men.
  3. Vaccinating boys against the types of HPV associated with cervical cancer might also help protect girls from the virus by possibly decreasing transmission.
 Who is the HPV vaccine for and when should it be given?
The HPV vaccine is routinely recommended for girls and boys ages 11 or 12, although it can be given as early as age 9. It's ideal for girls and boys to receive the vaccine before they have sexual contact and are exposed to HPV. Once someone is infected with HPV, the vaccine might not be as effective or might not work at all. Also, response to the vaccine is better at younger ages than it is at older ages.

Who should not get the HPV vaccine?
The HPV vaccine isn't recommended for pregnant women or people who are moderately or severely ill and people with history of allergic reaction to any components of the vaccines.


From the Imaging Department
 
ROLE OF IMAGING IN CERVICAL CANCER EVALUATION
Cervical cancer is usually diagnosed clinically. One of the key roles for the radiology department is to help in staging, to find out how advanced the cancer is and if it has spread to other parts of the body. This will help doctors to choose the best management using surgery and sometimes medication and radiotherapy.
In order to be visible on imaging, tumours must be a certain size (at least stage Ib).
Types of imaging used include:

a. ULTRASOUND: Ultrasound pictures taken within the vagina give a better assessment than those of the abdomen and also helps to see if the cancer has invaded other areas near the cervix or spread to other parts of the abdomen or pelvis. 

b. CT SCAN/PET: CT or PET scans, where available, are the best way to check if cancer has spread to further parts of the body (beyond the abdomen).

c. MRI SCAN:  MRI gives the best image of the main cancer to see how wide or deeply it has invaded the cervix and surrounding area.



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Telephone
0881 603000 // 0776 603000
Email

info@jahmalemedical.org
Location
A. B. Tolbert Road,
ELWA Junction,
Paynesville,
Monrovia - Liberia.