There are many ways that you can prepare for a baby, from reading baby-care books to researching strollers. Another important way you can prepare for a healthy little one is to connect with your physician about possible birth defects and how to prevent them. Taniesha Buffin, M.D., Utica Park Clinic OB/GYN in Broken Arrow, said the most common birth defects include neural tube defects (NTDs), heart defects, cleft lip/cleft palate and limb defects.
Cancer of the uterine cervix is the third most common gynecologic cancer diagnosis in the United States. The cervix is the neck of the uterus, or the lowest part of the uterus, sitting on top of the vagina. Due to cancer, cells of the cervix become abnormal and grow out of control and invade surrounding organs. The good news is that the rate of cervical cancer has declined significantly due to widespread use of Pap smear screenings, HPV vaccines and the availability of treatment of precancer.