One Lake Macquarie GP says we need to talk about gynaecological cancer

PASSIONATE: Dr Brianna Joseph, of Blacksmiths Family Medical Practice, wants to change outcomes for women. Picture: supplied
PASSIONATE: Dr Brianna Joseph, of Blacksmiths Family Medical Practice, wants to change outcomes for women. Picture: supplied

Every two hours an Australian woman is diagnosed with some form of gynaecological cancer and every five hours one woman dies as a result of her diagnosis. 

With these statistics projected to rise by 2020, Dr Brianna Joseph, of Blacksmiths Family Medical Practice, wants to open the conversation about women’s health in a bid to change these outcomes.

“As a female GP, women’s health is a topic I am very passionate about,” Dr Joseph said.

“Everyday women should look for any early signs and symptoms of potential cancers, such as bloating and abdominal discomfort and let your doctor know as soon as you notice any changes in your body.

“Prevention is an area that my practice is focusing on - ensuring that all my female patients know the importance of cervical screening and are up to date with their testing.”

For the month of September, during International Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, the Blacksmiths practice will donate $10 to the Cancer Foundation each time a patient undergoes a cervical screening test.

As of December 2017, Australia’s National Cervical Screening Program was revised and pap smears have now been replaced with the new cervical screening test. 

The new screening process offers better accuracy, allows for a larger age group to be tested, 25 -74 years, and a reduced frequency rate for patient testing, every five years instead of two.

More information about International Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month and how to donate can be located on Blacksmiths Family Medical Practice’s website blacksmithsfamilymedicalpractice.com