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Health Resource Center tour

Welcome to Griffin Hospital's Community Health Resource Center

The Community Health Resource Center (HRC) at Griffin Hospital is a traditional free lending library that provides an array of medical and health information. The HRC contains a collection of easy-to-read health and lifestyle related materials for patients and their families to become better informed and make more educated decisions about the various treatment options available to them.

COVID-19 Temporary Hours

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Resource Center is temporarily closed to visitors.

We apologize for any inconvenience - we will update our hours when precaution policies have changed.

Online Resource Searches

Search the Library Catalog from Your Computer

Our online catalog is the modern day version of the "card catalog" and is a quick and easy way to search our online resource database to see what books, journals and magazines are available at the HRC. Books may be borrowed for 4 weeks; journals and magazines must be viewed on site. Click the button to search the online catalog.


Search Our Online Health Library

We have a resource here for you to answer almost all of your questions - whether you're wondering about a disease, a treatment, a subject, and more. DISCLAIMER: This Health Library is for educational purposes only and does not necessarily reflect the services provided by this practice/facility. Click the button to start searching. You can also click here to view the Polish database.


Ask a Consumer Health Librarian

Conditions & Treatments Digest
Health information for patients and consumers - covering different conditions, treatments, and specialties.
General

Steps to a Healthy Cervix

Having a healthy cervix requires taking steps to reduce the risk of developing cervical health problems such as cervical dysplasia or cervical cancer. Here’s some ways you can help ensure optimum cervical health:

Prevention

Cervical cancer deaths have decreased over 50% in the last 30-40 years through increased availability of Pap and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) testing, which have led to early detection and treatment. Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) or other types of dysplasia can be detected years before cervical cancer.

Screening tests for cervical cancer include:

Pap test — A brush or stick is used to collect samples of cells in and around the cervix. The samples are examined under a microscope to look for abnormal growth or cancer.

HPV test — The same sample of cells taken for a Pap test can be used to detect HPV infection.

Pelvic exam —A thorough, manual evaluation of the vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. A Pap test, as well as other samples to detect sexually transmitted diseases can be done during a pelvic exam.

Cervical cancer screening guidelines recommend:

  • A Pap test every 3 years for women aged 21-29 years
  • A Pap AND HPV test every 5 years for women aged 30-65 years
  • Women aged 65 years and older can stop having Pap and HPV tests if they have had regular results for a consecutive period of time.

Pap tests may be recommended more often if you have abnormal results or certain conditions.

Vaccination

There are two vaccines to prevent infection by some HPV types that cause cervical cancer. Vaccination also protects against dysplasia on the genitals and genital warts.

The vaccine is routinely given to girls between the ages of 11-12 years, and should be given before a woman’s first sexual contact. The vaccine can be given to women through age 26.

Safe Sex

HPV is transmitted through intimate and sexual contact, making it a main risk factor for cervical cancer. Women who began having sex before the age of 16 or who have had multiple sexual partners are at greater risk of HPV. To reduce your risk, have a monogamous relationship with your partner and practice safe sex by using a latex condom.

Quit Smoking

Regular exposure to carcinogenic agents increases the risk of irritation that causes changes in cells. Quitting is an important step in preventing cervical and other cancers. The sooner smoking is stopped, the sooner the body can start to heal. Click here to learn about Griffin’s free smoking cessation program.

Healthy Eating

Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables has been associated with lower risks of cervical and other cancers. Good nutrition supports your body's immune system and can help maintain a healthy weight. Click here to learn about Griffin’s weight loss management programs.

Some of the information in this article can be attributed to EBSCO Information Services.

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