With approximately 12,900 women in the U.S. expected to be diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer this year alone, one local doctor has made it her mission to stop cervical cancer before it even starts. Bimbola Abodunrin, MD, affectionately known as “Dr. Bim,” aims to educate young women in Gwinnett County – where she grew up – about preventive measures that could lead to life-saving results.
“I tell my patients that there are two ways to prevent cervical cancer,” Dr. Bim said. “The first is to find and treat pre-cancerous cells before they have a chance to develop into cervical cancer. The second way is to prevent pre-cancerous cells from forming, mainly by avoiding contact with HPV (human papillomavirus).”
Once one of the most common causes of death among American women, cervical cancer deaths have decreased by more than 50 percent, according to the American Cancer Society.
“Preventive medicine has played a huge role in saving lives and I hope to save more women here in Gwinnett,” Dr. Bim said. “Screenings such as the Pap smear and HPV testing have made early detection of cervical cancer possible and as is the case with most cancers, cervical cancer tends to be easier to treat the earlier it is diagnosed.”
Dr. Bim, who recently joined Gwinnett Ob-Gyn Associates in Snellville, recommends women begin screening for cervical cancer at age 21. Her services include the following:
- Annual, well-woman exams
- Pap smears
- HPV testing and vaccination
- Management of abnormal Pap smears
- Contraception counseling and management
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Irregular bleeding, heavy periods
- Chronic pelvic pain
- STD screening and treatment
- Family Planning
- Hysteroscopy, diagnostic and operative
- Laparoscopy, diagnostic and operative
- Permanent sterilization, The Essure
- Procedure and laparoscopic tubal ligation
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bim and learn more about your own risk of cervical cancer, visit gwinnettobgyn.com or call 770-972-0330.
1700 Tree Lane Road
Snellville, GA 30078