Women need to get regular preventive care, just like men. Here are some of the most important services that you should be getting regularly:
A Pap smear is a test that checks for signs of cervical cancer. It’s one of the most important things you can do to protect your health, but many women don’t get them as often as they should.
A Pap smear is an exam performed by your doctor or nurse to check for changes in your cervix that could lead to cervical cancer. It involves taking a sample of cells from your cervix and looking at them under a microscope so we can see if they’re abnormal or not. The test helps detect abnormal cells before they start showing up on routine pelvic exams (which happen when you go in for birth control).
Pap smears are recommended beginning at age 21 and should be done every three years until age 30; after 30 years old, they should be done every five years unless otherwise advised by your provider or healthcare team member based on risk factors such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), smoking history and/or other medical conditions like diabetes mellitus which put you at higher risk for developing this disease type
Breast Cancer Screening
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. It’s also one of the most preventable, but it can be hard to know when and how often you should get screened for breast cancer.
There are several risk factors for breast cancer: age (the older you are, the more likely it is that you’ll develop it), family history (if anyone in your family has had breast or ovarian cancer), previous radiation exposure or treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma or other cancers like leukemia or lymphoma, obesity (being overweight), having dense … READ MORE ...