Senior Consultant Gynaecologist Miss Leila Hanna answered your questions in the second session of our online ask the expert live chat event on the subject of cancer last week. Here are the questions and answers from the session in full:
AXAPPPhealthcare Miss Leila Hanna - would you
like to tell us a little about yourself?
Leila Hanna Thank you. I am a Senior Consultant
Gynaecologist working in South East London & Kent. I consult at
the Blackheath, Chelsfield Park and Sloane BMI Hospitals.
Susan Can you tell me what are the long term
side effects from using steroid cream for lichen sclerosis?
Also, how can you tell if this condition is becoming cancerous?
Leila Hanna Lichen sclerosus - External Steroid
Cream application is the commonest treatment. Use initially full
dose then reduce and alternate with E45. Keep an eye on any skin
changes and report those as there is a very small risk of
Surb1 Hi Miss Hanna, I read that it is Ovarian
Cancer Awareness month this month, but I don't really know much
about it so could you please tell me how I can prevent it and what
the symptoms of ovarian cancer are?
Leila Hanna Ovarian Cancer symptoms -
bloatedness, abdominal swelling. Uncommon in ladies less than 50
years. If concerned, request to attend a transvaginal ultrasound of
the pelvis to check ovaries.
Surb1 Thanks Miss Hanna, is there any way to
prevent ovarian cancer?
Leila Hanna Keep healthy and attend for
screening particularly if you have a family history
Surb1 Thank you. Can you test for ovarian
cancer by having a smear test done?
Leila Hanna No - Cervical Smear tests only the
Cervix. As mentioned above, a SCAN of the Pelvis/ovaries ideally
Surb1 Great thank you
Kate22 Hi Miss Hanna, I wanted to ask you
a question, do heavy periods have anything to do with cancer? Are
they a sign and should I get them checked out?
Leila Hanna Depending on age: ladies over 40
should present for investigations. The majority are fine. A small
group need further checks and assessment.
Kate22 Thank you, I was only wondering as mine
are never the same and I know my mum experienced this with her
periods when she was my age
Kate22 Why did the age of cervical smear tests
increase when they haven't in other countries?
Leila Hanna This was an economical decision -
being relooked at at present.
Kate22 Great thanks Miss Hanna for your
AXAPPPhealthcare Thank you Miss Hanna for
joining us - I hope you enjoyed you time with us
Leila Hanna Many thanks