Take care of yourself!
Carrying, delivering, and then feeding a baby after it’s born – women really can do some incredible things. However, along with those amazing abilities can also come some special health problems. There are some tests that can catch these problems early, though, to keep you healthy and to help you live (and enjoy) a long, healthy life!
Most patients start having Pap smears starting about the age of 21. It used to be recommended that this was done every year, but the suggestion is now every 3 years. If you have ever had an abnormal Pap smear, though, you may have to get one every year.
You may not need a Pap smear every year, but you should still see your doctor for a breast and pelvic exam. Your doctor will want to assess your general health, answer any questions you may have, and check for anything abnormal. It is recommended that girls get their first gynecological exam when they are between 13 and 15.
OK, so this isn’t just a test for women – but it is important. A colonoscopy screens for colorectal cancer, which is the third-most common cause of cancer-related death. However, if it is caught early there is a 90% survival rate.
Beginning at the age of 45 on through the age of 54, it is recommended that women get a mammogram every year. Typically, women who are 55 years and older can start having them every 2 years; however, if you have a family history of cancer, your doctor may recommend that you get mammograms more often.
You probably know that you should be doing a breast exam yourself once a month – it is estimated that 40% of breast cancer is detected by the woman herself with a home exam. However, it is also a good idea to have your doctor perform an exam.
The staff at Women’s Health Medical Group wants to make sure you stay healthy. Is it time for your annual exam? Or are you concerned that something is wrong? Call (817) 346-5336 to schedule an appointment today.