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Misconceptions about Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Statistics show that two million people will be diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease in the United States this year. And South Carolina has the third highest number of cases of all 50 states.

In this WLTX interview, Dr. Samantha Morton, OB/GYN at Carolina Women’s Physicians, talks about some common misconceptions related to STDs – and separates fact from fiction.

According to Dr. Morton, one of the reasons there is a high number of sexually transmitted diseases may be because the use of condoms has decreased. Secondly, she says many STDs such as chlamydia can be asymptomatic for years – someone could have them and be transferring them to sexual partners without knowing. It’s also important to point out that the birth control pill will not protect patients from STDs. And, the HPV vaccine – designed to decrease the risk of cervical cancer – will not protect someone from contracting other STDs. Many times, STDs can be treated with antibiotics – but patients can still contract them again.

If you have questions about STDs, speak with your doctor.

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Ask the Doctor: Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A woman has a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

Elizabeth S. Lambert, MD, FACOG, OB/GYN with Carolina Women’s Physicians, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. We asked her some important questions about the disease. Here’s what she told us.

Dr. Elizabeth Lambert

Q: What are the signs and symptoms of breast cancer?
A: Signs and symptoms may include a new, palpable lump, peau d’orange (skin changes that resemble the surface of an orange), nipple drainage or discharge, skin dimpling or puckering, and nipple retraction that is new.

Q: When should I see a doctor?
A: Call your doctor when you discover something new or different in your breast.

Q: Are there particular risk factors?
A: Age-related risk as well as personal and family history are important. nA family history of breast cancer could mean that patients need further evaluation and possibly genetic testing. Your doctor can evaluate your specific risks and facilitate further testing when pertinent. If you have a personal history of breast cancer, then you will be watched very closely by your oncologist.

Q: What are the best prevention methods?
A: Maintaining or adopting a healthy lifestyle is beneficial in prevention of many cancers — healthy diet, regular exercise, maintaining a normal BMI and not smoking. In addition, a monthly self-breast exam is recommended along with beginning mammography at a time that is appropriate for you as determined by you and your doctor.

Q: Following a diagnosis, what are the best ways for finding support and coping?
A: At Lexington Medical Center, the nurse navigator program is a comprehensive patient care program that guides patients with breast cancer from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. Patients are assisted in finding emotional support groups, practical support groups, health and exercise resources as well as holistic therapies.

Q: Cancer can also form in men’s breast tissue. What should they know?
A: If men have close relatives with breast cancer, particularly if those relatives carry a breast cancer gene (BRCA I and II), they should be screened by their doctors. Approximately 1% of all new breast cancer diagnoses are in men. If a man notices a new lump in his breast, he should see his doctor.

Carolina Women’s Physicians provides comprehensive care for women, by women. The physician practice has offices in West Columbia and Irmo. Learn more at CarolinaWomensPhysicians.com

Dr. Brooke Naffziger Joins Carolina Women’s Physicians

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Brooke Naffziger, DO, FACOG, to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Naffziger is working as an obstetrician and gynecologist at Carolina Women’s Physicians, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice with locations in Irmo and West Columbia.

Dr. Brooke Naffziger

A magna cum laude graduate of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Dr. Naffziger earned her medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. She then completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, serving as administrative chief resident. During her residency, Dr. Naffziger also received comprehensive training in robotic surgery.

Dr. Naffziger is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology with additional certifications in advanced life support in obstetrics, fetal heart monitoring and neonatal resuscitation. She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Naffziger most recently served as the attending physician in obstetrics and gynecology at Pipestone County Medical Center and Avera Medical Group in Pipestone, Minnesota, providing inpatient and outpatient obstetric and gynecologic care. She also served as vice president of the Medical Staff at Pipestone County Medical Center.

Dr. Naffziger joins the highly skilled physicians and nurse practitioners at Carolina Women’s Physicians. Dedicated to providing comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic care to women of all ages in the Midlands, the practice combines state-of-the-art technology and advanced procedures.

Dr. Naffziger is accepting new patients.

Carolina Women’s Physicians

146 N. Hospital Drive, Suite 240
West Columbia, SC 29169

7045 St. Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29212

(803) 936 – 7590