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Ovarian Cancer - Wear Your Teal!


Online Bill Payments - Even Easier


Healthy Living: Self Improvement Month


Pay Your Bill Online


Office Announcements  


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Robert J. Rubino,

M.D., F.A.C.O.G.


Audrey A. Romero, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.


Lisa Abeshaus,
M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Jacqueline Saitta, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Allan D. Kessel,
M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Diana Huang,
M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Priya R. Patel,
Meryl Kahan,
M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
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Medical Fact

 "I didn't know that!"
Ovarian cancer is diagnosed annually in nearly a quarter of a million women globally, and is responsible for 140,000 deaths each year.   Awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer may enable women to receive an earlier diagnosis, when the disease is more easily treatable.
Summer is officially over and the school year is about to begin. We wish you a great start to the fall. It's a good time of the year to make appointments you may have been putting off for you and your family.
In this issue of our newsletter, Dr. Kahan authors an article on Ovarian cancer and awareness. In our Healthy Living section,  we present suggestions on ways for self-improvement as September is "Self-Improvement Month". We also introduce additional improvements to our online billing option with one-click solutions. And, you'll find a new interesting "Medical Fact". 
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As always, we will continue to provide topics that are current, informative and important to your good health.  

The Rubino OB/GYN Group
From Pink to Tealovarian
By Meryl Kahan, MD
Everyone is familiar with the pink ribbon, the symbol for breast cancer. But this month a different color will be prominent, representing another cancer that affects women - teal.  September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, which provides a great opportunity to present our readers with some information about this disease.
Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women, with over 20,000 new cases diagnosed each year.  While we have effective screening tools for other cancers, namely mammograms and Pap smears for breast and cervical cancers respectively, there is no such effective screening method for ovarian cancer.  Rather, it presents with vague symptoms like bloating and early fullness, meaning it is more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage than other female cancers.  Many patients have asked about screening tests such as pelvic ultrasounds and blood tests (such as CA-125), but these have proven to be useful only in a small group of patients with known hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndromes (BRCA mutations). This potential for late diagnosis is what makes ovarian cancer so challenging.

While it is uncommon to pick up  a new ovarian cancer on a pelvic exam, the patient's innocuous complaints such as recent concern of onset urinary frequency, will help trigger a work-up for ovarian cysts, typically inclusive of an ultrasound. Urinary frequency is one of the 'whispers' of ovarian cancer, in addition to subtle and persistent bloating. Most patient's conditions are often suspected based on their understated discomfort.


There is no way to prevent ovarian cancer, which recent studies have shown may actually originate in the fallopian tubes.  But there are some ways to decrease a woman's risk of developing this disease.  Birth control pills are protective, especially if on them for several years, as is having a tubal ligation.  More extreme measures like hysterectomy and removal of the ovaries are also protective, but are not appropriate for the general population.  
As anyone who visits the gynecologist knows, the bimanual exam is part of any well woman visit. It allows the provider to feel the pelvic organs and assess for any palpable abnormalities or discomforts, including the ovaries. The exam also allows your provider the value of understanding a family history of ovarian cancer, and symptoms experienced by family members.
The validity of this exam in asymptomatic women has been in question over the last few months, as the American College of Physicians (ACP) has called it outdated. But the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the nation's leading group of physicians providing healthcare to women, continues to support the role of the routine pelvic exam, as do the physicians in our office.  It may even save your life.  
This year's Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer for the Northern New Jersey Chapter is taking place on September 14th in West Orange. If you would like more information about this event, please visit  Don't forget to wear your teal!
We encourage you to make an appointment with Dr. Kahan and meet  her in person. Appointments can be made right from our website: Simply scroll down to the bottom of the page and fill in your request.

Healthy Living: Self Improvement Monthhealthylivingself

Authored by Heels To Laces.

September is self-improvement month. It's a great time to evaluate ways to improve yourself and continue to grow as an step at a time:


1. Commit to your personal growth. Try to "better yourself" every day by expanding your current reach, knowledge or experience.


2. Take time off to relax, rejuvenate and re-charge yourself for what's next.


3. Show kindness to others. Often, by helping others, it gives you a sense of enrichment and fulfillment. It also helps others choose to be kind to someone else and will continue to foster a chain of kind events.


4. Befriend people who inspire and challenge you. It will help you gain new insights on how to improve and achieve the same results for yourself.


5. Spend less time on Facebook and social media and more time on in-person experiences. The live interface will enrich and inspire you and save hours in your day.


6. Avoid negativity. If there is a negative person or situation in your life, remove it. The negative energy will drag you down rather than lift you up. Surround yourself with positive people and positive experiences.


7. Find a new "good for you" habit. Start a regular exercise routine, remove processed foods from your diet, read, wake up early to get an extra hour in your day...find something that motivates you and improves your daily outlook.


8. Quit a bad habit: smoking, drinking too much, not getting enough sleep, being late...find that one thing and remove it from your life.


9. Don't wait - take action today. The best way to improve is to take action on something you have been meaning to do - it gives you immediate results and a sense of accomplishment.


10. Make yourself a daily to-do list and check-off the items on the list. You will feel productive and accomplished and prepared for tomorrow.


11. Be introspective. There is no better learning than learning from yourself and your own experiences. Know when you may have made a wrong decision and learn from it.


12. Get out of your comfort zone. Try something new and work harder to push yourself past your pre-identified limits.

One-Click Payment Solutionsonlinepayments
The Rubino OB/GYN Group recognizes that changes from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) have shifted more responsibility to the patient in terms of higher copays, coinsurance and deductibles. As a result, we've silver-keyboard2.jpg been expanding our payment options to make the process even easier.


We recently introduced on-line payments through Instamed, which has been a great option for many patients. Online payments are a quick, convenient and green way to pay your balances promptly and avoid complications from overdue balances.


Soon, you will also be able to allow Instamed to securely store your credit card information. This will enable automatic withdrawals for payment plans, which you can set up online, or our billing department would be happy to do it for you. In addition, you will be able to pre-authorize charges against new balances that you may incur. You can find more information on this expanded service at


If we have your email, we will soon begin emailing first notice statements from our partner, PatientPay, allowing faster access to statements and advanced awareness of due dates. PatientPay will email your balance due to The Rubino OB/GYN Group and notify you of remaining days until the due date. You will be able to pay your balance directly through the PatientPay link on the email and set-up a secured payment plan with your credit card information. It also allows the option to use any other of our approved payment choices: online credit card payment, check by mail, or either of these options in person, including cash payment. To provide your email for future billing statements, please email us at


Please note, our convenient on-line options provide PCI compliant credit card security and do not allow our staff access to your credit card information. We hope these options allow you an easier and more convenient way to process your payments.

Pay Your Bill Onlinepayonlinebills

You can now pay your Rubino OB/GYN Group bills online right from the checkbook-pen.jpghomepage of our website! Simply click on the button at the top of the page that says "New! Pay Your Bill Online!".

Options include paying by credit card or  echeck. It is an easy one-time registration to create a password.


For easy reference, the direct link is: Pay My Bill

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To watch a video of our practice that includes an LOGO overview of our services, doctors and philosophy, visit the home page of our website:


We hope you enjoy seeing the practice on a more personal level and welcome your feedback! Simply reply to this newsletter.


Office Announcements announcements
Pay Your Rubino OB/GYN Bills Online

Patients can pay their bills online at the following web site:

Options include paying by credit card or echeck. 

vitaMedMD Vitamins
The Rubino OB/GYN Group offers vitaMedMD™ in all 4 office locations. VitaMedMD offers patients high quality physician recommended products at an affordable price. Available products include Women's Multivitamin, Prenatal Plus, Prenatal One, Menopause Relief and Iron 150.

Emmi Video Tutorials
Emmi is a free, online video tutorial that makes complex medical information simple and easy to understand. Emmi provides clear and concise step-by-step information on common health topics and procedures right on our website. Click here to find out more.


Save Time with Online Appointments &Personal Health Records
To schedule online appointments or view your personal health records at your convenience, just visit the home page of You can also call 973-736-1100 now to schedule an appointment at any of our four locations. 

"Important Announcements" on Our Website
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