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Important Alerts
Office and Urgent Care Closures

Cardiology-Jersey City is temporarily closed, while Cardiology-Newark is closed permanently.

The Croton-on-Hudson lab and the Patterson lab are temporarily closed until further notice.

Updates

Memorial Day holiday hours – only select Optum Urgent Care locations and specialty locations will be open.

To make an appointment with former CareMount Women’s Health, please call the office directly. Online scheduling has been temporarily suspended.

Optum Medical Care, P.C. (formerly CareMount) has upgraded our billing system to ensure that you have a simple, clear and convenient payment experience. Download our Frequently Asked Questions document for more information.

Effective Tuesday, February 20, 2024, changes have been made to the New York flu clinic hours and locations. Please check the webpage for the most up-to-date information.  

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COVID-19 Information and Updates

The new COVID-19 vaccine is available at our clinics.

Please note available supply below:

– Supply is limited as we receive weekly deliveries.
– Moderna is available for children and adults (ages 6 months and up)

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Understanding your risk

Like other cancers, your risk depends on many variables including:

  • Contracting the human papillomavirus virus (HPV)
  • Family history
  • Lifestyle behaviors (e.g. smoking , diet and exercise)
  • Overall health
  • Age

Our oncology department offers comprehensive cancer risk assessments and hereditary cancer genetics evaluation programs to help you identify your risk.

Start our online hereditary assessment now ›

Prevention and diagnosis

Almost all cervical cancers and some cancers of the vagina and vulva are caused by a virus known as HPV. The best ways to prevent and detect the virus are:

  • Getting the HPV vaccine (recommended for preteens prior to engaging in sexual intercourse)
  • Getting regular pap smears and pelvic exams from your gynecologist
  • Using a condom during sexual intercourse

While early detection can help the effectiveness of treatment, many types of cancers are not diagnosed in their early stages because symptoms are not easily recognizable.

Most cervical cancers are diagnosed through pelvic exams and Pap smears. Make sure to schedule your annual visit with your gynecologist.

Symptoms

Not all symptoms of cancer are recognizable. Here are the most common for gynecological cancers:

  • Pain or bleeding during or after sex, douching or a pelvic examination
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Pain or pressure in the pelvic area
  • Vaginal bleeding outside of your menstrual period or during menopause
  • Abdominal or back pain
  • Bloating
  • Feeling full too quickly or difficulty eating
  • Changes in your bathroom habits (frequent or urgent need to urinate and/or constipation.)

If you have unusual vaginal bleeding, see a doctor right away.

Types of gynecological cancer

  • Cervical cancer: Cervical cancer starts in the cervix, which is located in the lower end of the uterus and usually grows slowly, over many years. Infection with HPV is the main risk factor for cervical cancer, causing more than 90% of cases diagnosed in the U.S.
  • Ovarian cancer/fallopian tube cancer: Ovarian cancer occurs in the two ovaries, which are almond-sized pouches that create eggs. Due to its location, ovarian cancer often goes undiagnosed until it has spread to the pelvis. Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system, but when found in its early stages, treatment works best.
  • Uterine/endometrial cancer: Endometrial cancer develops in the lining of the uterus called the endometrium.
  • Vaginal cancer: While it is possible for some types of gynecologic cancers to spread to the vagina, it’s not common for cancer to form in the vagina.
  • Vulvar cancer: This type of gynecologic cancer starts on the outer surface of the female genitalia. It is commonly seen as a lump around the urethra and vulva. Vulvar cancer is rare, one of the least recognized gynecological cancers, but if detected early, it can be successfully treated and cured.

Treatment

  • Surgery: Remove the tumor or entire affected area (such as a hysterectomy to remove the uterus).
  • Radiation therapy: Help shrink the tumor prior to surgery, or to help reduce the risk of cancer returning after surgery.
  • Hormone therapy: Block or lower the amount of hormones in the body to stop or slow down the growth of cancer.
  • Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy may be given prior to surgery to help improve the chance of complete removal of the tumor, or may be given to inoperable patients to help prolong and improve quality of life.

Learn more about our minimally-invasive robotic-assisted surgery options >

Medical care and help

To find a gynecological cancer specialist near you, visit our Providers page.

Contact us if you have any questions.