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Treat Yourself: Health Screenings for Women

Posted by Women's Health Team on Mar 8, 2017 1:37:48 PM

Women tend to be the health care coordinators in their families, and yet sometimes they’re the last ones to get their preventive services done. When you write your list of checkups and doctor appointments for the rest of your family members, make sure you’re on the list as well.

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    Marlena Mattingly, M.D.

In recent years, screenings have detected women’s cancers earlier than ever. The five-year survival rate for breast cancer has steadily risen to an all-time high of nearly 90 percent. Cervical cancer survival rates have also seen improvements, although more modest ones. Death rates fell an average of 1.3 percent per year between 2002 and 2011. 

“There are only a few cancers that can be screened for and detected early, and cervical and breast cancers fall into this category,” said Marlena Mattingly, M.D., of Beaufort Memorial Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists. “Regular Pap screenings and mammograms can save women's lives. Get yours today!”

Guidelines

Mammogram:

Schedule a mammogram annually beginning at age 40 and continue for however long you’re in good health.

Clinical Breast Exam:

Women should have a clinical breast exam every three years in their 20s and 30s and then annually beginning at age 40.

Breast Self-Exam:

The American Cancer Society says self-exams are optional for women. Most important, women should be familiar with the look and feel of their breasts and report changes to their physician.

Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 1.32.41 PM.pngCervical Cancer Screening:

Pap tests should begin at age 21 and continue every three years until 29. Between 30 and 65, women should have a Pap plus HPV test every five years or a Pap-only test every three years.

To schedule an appointment for a mammogram or bone density screening, contact Beaufort Memorial Women’s Imaging Center at 843-522-5015. To schedule an appointment with an OB-GYN contact Beaufort Memorial Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists at 843-522-7820.

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