Many women focus on the health of their families but neglect their own health. If illness keeps them from taking care of others, they are ready to see a healthcare provider. Otherwise, their own health often takes a back seat, particularly when it comes to annual wellness visits.
Annual Well-Woman visits are especially important for early diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer, which kills about 4000 women a year in the US. Well-women visits should be routine for all women aged 21 and over. Cervical Cancer Statistics | CDC
Well-Women Visits may include an annual pelvic exam, particularly if the patient has symptoms or complaints that indicate a possible problem. A Pap smear, which is used to screen for cervical cancer, is not always necessary. In order to determine how often a Pap smear is needed, patients should discuss their risks and desires with their healthcare provider. Testing for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) should be done whenever a Pap smear is indicated, since HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer.
To schedule a Well-Woman Visit at RMH, call 765-932-7023.