Gynecologic Cancers & the Pap Smear “Myth”

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Long Beach Medical Center
Kristine R. Penner, MD
Featured speaker:

Kristine R. Penner, MD

Medical Director Gynecologic Oncology, MemorialCare Cancer Institute at Long Beach Memorial
  • Gynecologic Oncology

Kristine Penner, MD, MPH, MS, is the medical director of gynecologic oncology at the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute at Long Beach Memorial. Dr. Penner specializes in the diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of cancers of the female pelvic organs, with special interests in minimally invasive surgery and medical management of endometrial cancer.

Podcast Summary

It is estimated that there will be more than 91,000 new cases of gynecologic cancer diagnosed in the U.S. this year alone - resulting in a predicted 28,000 deaths. Some gynecologic cancers are called “silent killers” because women are often unaware of the signs and symptoms and they assume that all gynecologic cancers are screened through a Pap smear.