As an organization that is solely focused on women’s health, we appreciate and support the providers who work tirelessly caring for all women worldwide. MedGyn, Thomas Medical’s parent company, would like to highlight the incredible work of Dr. Keisha Buchanan, an OB/GYN at Icon Medical Centre in Kingston, Jamaica.
Dr. Buchanan has been practicing Obstetrics & Gynecology for 14 years and provides extensive care to her patients in Jamaica. Procedures include traditional obstetrics such as pregnancy, childbirth, and post-partum care. However, Dr. Buchanan’s gynecological care ranges from fibroid and ovarian cyst removal; proper diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, and infertility; as well as performing colposcopies and STI treatments.
Dr. Buchanan strongly encourages women of all ages to have an annual pap smear to manage their gynecological health and address any concerns promptly. “Doing the pap smear annually has been shown to decrease death from cervical cancer, as it picks up most commonly pre-cancerous changes that can be EASILY CURED,” she explained. “In my practice, I see about 1 precancerous lesion (called CIN- cervical intraepithelial neoplasia) in about every 25 to 30 smears. Most of my patients are 18 to 35 years old. So, it’s really common. I treat the lesions so that they will not progress to cancer,” she added.
MedGyn has been fortunate to partner with Dr. Buchanan in her commitment to improving Jamaican women’s health. “My association with MedGyn started near the beginning of my practice when I met the team at a conference in Miami and was very impressed with their range of products. MedGyn offers a full line of high-quality products for a variety of OB/GYN needs,” she stated. “From colposcopes to catheters to electrodes – MedGyn has excellent products,” Dr. Buchanan explained.
With such a high prevalence of HPV infections, Dr. Buchanan takes the proactive approach by encouraging vaccinations to significantly decrease the spread and progression of such diseases. Additionally, her practice utilizes the MedGyn Colposcope during LEEP procedures which clears abnormal cells before they develop into cancerous lesions. “The colposcope that I bought from MedGyn years ago is excellent and still going strong,” she explained.
Jamaica has been making significant strides in recent years to control this preventable disease. Increased awareness and screening have contributed to their success. According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), 7 in 10 women have been screened for cervical cancer in the last 5 years which is in alignment with some long-term cervical cancer elimination strategies that have been proposed. With the continued efforts by providers such as Dr. Keisha Buchanan, these goals are more attainable.
Jamaica Making Gains In Cervical Cancer Prevention And Control – Jamaica Information Service (jis.gov.jm)