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Leading Atlanta Gynecologist To Speak at the 30th International HPV Conference in Lisbon, Portugal
Michael Randell MD, a GYN surgeon at Northside Hospital - Atlanta, has been invited to speak at the 30th International HPV Conference in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday, September 19. Dr. Randell will discuss the challenges of cervical cancer screening.
For the last two decades Dr. Randell has been studying and teaching other health care professionals around the country about the pathogenesis of cervical cancer and new approaches to cervical cancer prevention. This year, Dr. Randell gave presentations at the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGO) meeting in Chicago and at the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) meeting in Baltimore.
"Since completing my training twenty years ago, there have been tremendous developments in preventing cervical cancer. Although the Pap test has significantly reduced the occurrence of cervical cancer, it is not foolproof," says Dr. Randell. "Some women who are told they have a normal or negative Pap test may actually have cervical cancer."
Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer found in women worldwide. According to the American Cancer Society this year 12,900 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and 4,100 women will die. Treatment for cervical cancer is very effective if detected early, yet current methods used for the detection of cervical cancer and its precursor lesions can be ineffective.
In the 1990s, medical research discovered that the human papillomavirus (HPV) plays a role in causing cervical cancer. With this knowledge, HPV vaccination and HPV testing, which identifies the presence and type of HPV infection, was introduced as an additional way to screen for cervical cancer.
"I offer my patients in my Atlanta practice HPV testing in addition to the Pap test because there is overwhelming data that shows that more precancer and cancer is found in women who have a Pap test and an HPV test performed together," says Dr. Randell.
Recent studies support the current professional guidelines which recommend that women start getting the Pap test at age 21 and then every three years. Pap-plus-HPV is recommended to screen women ages 30-65, every three to five years, regardless of whether they have received an HPV vaccination.
Dr. Randell recommends that women concerned about the best screening for cervical cancer request their doctor to perform a Pap test together with an HPV test. Dr. Randell suggests using internet search engines, hospital referral services, and asking other doctors for recommendations of gynecologists who follow current guidelines for cervical cancer screening.
The 30th International HPV Conference in Lisbon will bring together researchers, clinicians and other healthcare professionals in an international forum, enabling the exchange of the latest advances in both science and practice, within the research and clinical community.
"It is an incredible honor to be invited to this prestigious international meeting and have the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience of cervical cancer screening with my colleagues from around the world," says Dr. Randell.
Based in Atlanta, Dr. Randell is a leading expert in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and is on the cutting edge of robotic surgery. His websites www.obgynatlanta.com, www.fibroidsatlanta.com, and www.roboticsurgeryatlanta.com provide detailed information about the services he provides to women.
In addition to taking care of his own patients, Dr. Randell is an instructor to other surgeons locally, nationally, and across the world on laparoscopic and robotic surgery. In 2012 he was invited to speak at the International Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology/Urology Symposium. The event featured experts from around the world. Dr. Randell lectured on robotic myomectomy techniques that he has perfected. Last year he was invited to Poland and performed the Country's first CO2 laser laparosocpic endometriosis surgery.
Visit http://www.obgynatl.com or http://www.fibroidsatlanta.com or http://www.atlantaroboticsurgery.com for more information.
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Michael D. Randell, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist in Atlanta, Georgia. He is on the Medical Staff of Northside Hospital. His private office is located in Sandy Springs, next to Northside Hospital. Dr. Randell is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He is an expert in laparoscopic and robotic surgery. With over twenty years of experience, he trains other surgeons on the use of the daVinci robot and lectures across the Country on many topics in women’s healthcare.
His practice provides comprehensive women's health care. He takes care of patients needing high risk obstetrical care and advanced gynecological surgical care, including robotic surgery.