Women’s Health in Cape Girardeau
From childbirth to menopause and beyond, a woman’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs are constantly changing. The need for skilled, compassionate healthcare remains constant. Saint Francis Medical Center addresses women’s lifelong health issues with a comprehensive array of programs and services delivered by highly skilled, supportive specialists.
State-of-the-Art Gynecologic Techniques
The specialists and surgeons at Saint Francis offer years of experience in caring for patients with the most complex gynecologic conditions. Using advanced techniques, surgeons can diagnose or treat patients, often using minimally invasive surgery. Saint Francis specialists offer treatment for a variety of gynecologic conditions, including:
- Fibroid cysts
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Excessive menstrual bleeding
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Ovarian and cervical cancer
Cape Gynecologic Oncology
Saint Francis Medical Center, along with Medical Partner-Cape Gynecologic Oncology, bring a full range of services to patients in southeast Missouri. The staff at Cape Gynecologic Oncology is thoroughly trained in managing difficult or life-threatening disorders and diseases affecting women’s health.
Cape Gynecologic Oncology provides specialty care for cancers of the female reproductive system, including:
- Cervical cancer
- Fallopian cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Uterine cancer
- Vaginal cancer
Womancare offers a range of resources to meet women’s breast health needs. Our Cape Girardeau physicians, on-site surgeons, trained registered nurses and radiology technologists offer education and exams, and also provide prompt, personalized tests and treatments. Equipped with the latest technology, we provide excellent clinical care, from early detection and diagnosis to treatment and support.
The Latest and Greatest Mammography Technology
Womancare at Saint Francis offers advanced tomosynthesis mammography technology. This new type of 3-D, X-ray mammogram provides the earliest detection of breast cancer by providing a clearer view of the breast through overlapping tissue. Tomosynthesis has been proven to:
- Reduce the number of callbacks for additional testing.
- Show the inner structure of the breast without the traditional distortion and shadowing.
- Offer increased comfort, because 2-D and 3-D images can be produced in a single exposure, providing fine details not seen in traditional mammograms.
- Provide improved imaging for dense breast tissue.
Saint Francis offers many options for women’s health during and after menopause. Our expert staff can answer questions you may have about hormone replacement therapy and estrogen therapy.
One of the most important health issues for older women is Osteoporosis, a disease of the bones, which makes them weak and brittle. Womancare offers bone-density testing with an on-site rheumatologist to determine risk for osteoporosis. Women who are diagnosed with osteoporosis now have access to medications that can stop bone loss and, in many cases, even rebuild bone.
Most of the estimated 10 to 15 million Americans with urinary incontinence are older women. With proper diagnosis, urinary incontinence can be effectively treated. The Continence Clinic at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau offers effective treatment for urinary incontinence.
Health and Fitness
Maintaining a healthy weight through proper nutrition and exercise is critical to a woman’s health. Fitness Plus and the Saint Francis Wellness department offer fitness and nutrition classes and counseling.
For more information about Women’s Health at Saint Francis Medical Center, call 573-331-3996.