Friday , March 5 2021

BRCA Genetic Testing

Dr. Vahora, MD, FACOG
BRCA Genetic Testing Do you have personal or family history of breast and or ovarian cancer? Do you have a personal or family history of uterine, colon, stomach, brain, thyroid, or prostate cancers?   If so, you may qualify for genetic testing? If you qualify your insurance will cover it, and even if you don’t have insurance, you may qualify for financial assistance.
Genetic testing is a cutting-edge medical technique that looks at your unique genetic makeup and that can be used to see how your DNA might shape your health over the course of your life. A sample of DNA is collected—typically with a small sample of blood or saliva—then analyzed in a lab to look for evidence of genetic disorders or vulnerabilities to some diseases. For example, people with certain gene mutations might develop some cancers earlier in life, or at a higher rate, than the general population.
Dr. Pareen Vahora, M.D., FACOG, a Board-Certified Gynecologist offers Genetic testing in the comfort of her office for her patients.  A sample of DNA is collected with a small sample of blood or saliva, and then it’s analyzed in a lab to look for evidence of genetic disorders or vulnerabilities of specific diseases. The information gathered from genetic testing is a powerful tool that can help Dr. Vahora tailor medical care and treatment just for you.
BRCA Positive
If you are positive for a BRCA mutation, Your gynecologist and surgeon will direct you to possibly having an oophorectomy on one or both ovaries and fallopian tubes, or a full hysterectomy.  These precautionary surgeries will reduce your risk of ovarian cancer by approximately 90% and breast cancer by 50%.  However, this will cause your body to go into a menopausal state early, and that can cause a mass of medical complications to arise, including heart attacks, anxiety, depression, and cognitive decline.
Multiple conflicting research and studies show it’s not safe to receive any hormonal estrogen therapy if you have the BRCA gene.  One school of thought is that it intensifies further cell mutations in breast cancer.
When you have early onset menopause caused by surgery, you’re symptoms, and risk factors are just as uncomfortable as if you were going through the change naturally.  These symptoms can cause hot flashes, weight gain, and very painful intercourse.
For a younger woman, it’s just unfair to experience these distressing symptoms, especially sexual discomfort with her significant other.
MonaLisa Touch®
Due to the limited estrogen supply, the walls of the vagina start to thin out, causing dryness, burning, and inflammation. This can make intercourse very painful and can cause urinary disorders and can even interfere with daily activities for many women due to the extreme pain and discomfort that it can cause.
Dr. Vahora offers MonaLisa Touch®, an advanced procedure the revitalizes the vagina and makes it feel like a younger vagina.  For Countless women and their partners, it has turned back the clock of time.
This advanced technology is called the MonaLisa Touch®. It is new laser therapy for the vagina and vulvar. There are no medications, not cutting and no lengthy healing times with this procedure. It’s similar to having a basic Pap smear test done. The laser does not hurt or cause any pain. You will only feel tiny vibrating sensations from the machine, and the best part is that the entire procedure is accomplished in an outpatient, office setting.
The laser assists with the bodies cell renewal and will regenerate the mucous membrane and help with the restoration of collagen and renewing the proper trophic balance to the membrane.
Now it’s possible to have relief from vaginal and vulvar atrophy due to the MonaLisa Touch’s® ability to gently improve the tissue of the vaginal mucosa.
The laser stimulates the production of collagen, improving the functionality of the treated area and restoring the proper trophic balance to the mucous membrane.
Whether you’re in menopause and experiencing vaginal dryness, or if you are suffering from these sexually uncomfortable symptoms due to a hysterectomy or cancer, Dr. Vahora can help.
If you are concerned about your genetic mutations and cancer risks, Dr. Vahora is now offering genetic testing for men who may have personal or family history of colon, stomach, prostate, stomach cancer, or for women with a family history of breast, ovarian or uterine cancer.  Please follow this link for a quiz on your genetic risk factors,
Dr. Vahora is an expert on sexual health and intimacy; if you’re concerned about cancer, or if your sex life has gone to the wayside or lost its spark, please contact her to schedule a consultation. Call today to schedule your Genetic testing or your MonaLisa Touch consultation at (727) 376-1536.
Don’t just live with your disorder, get the relief and new beginning that you are worthy of.
Call today to schedule your
MonaLisa Touch consultation at
(727) 376-1536.
1. “beBRCAware.” BRCA Basics, April 18, 2018. (Astrazeneca).

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