May is women’s health month

May is women’s health month


helping you live healthy May as Women’s Health Month and according to a new study women in their 20s are more likely to skip screening for one of the most preventable cancers in young women cervical cancer joining us this morning is dr. Marshall the show she’s an ob/gyn with Memorial Hospital so it is the most preventable right but then why are people not going to get checked a lot of women especially under the age of 30 don’t get checked because you know they only go to the doctor when they’re sick yeah you know they think that because they’re young they don’t have their immune to a lot of diseases that are out there and cervical cancer is usually caught by an oral pap smear yeah and if you go for your yearly examinations it helps prevent the spread of or excuse me the incidence of cervical cancer when are you supposed to start going when should you get your first PAP usually pap smears start at the age of 21 okay and then depending on what your age is and what the results of the pap smear are you either go every three years or five years to get your pap smear however that is a conversation usually us at Memorial Hospital we have a conversation with our patients every year when they come for their yearly examinations and say okay the guidelines are you know every three years or five years but if you’d like to have a pap smear the next year you you were more than welcome to now if somebody is sexually active before the age of 21 because we know that that’s a thing should they be getting a pap smear then or do you think they’re okay the national guidelines say just to start at age 21 um as you get older I know unfortunately risks increase so when you do hit 21 what is the risk you know in your 20s to have cervical cancer it’s pretty low to have cervical cancer at the age of 21 usually what we do with the pap smear is to look at the cells on top of the cervix with a tiny brush to see if there’s any abnormalities there if there are in any abnormalities we check for a virus called human papilloma virus or HPV and if that virus is present then we’ll keep a closer eye on you either with repeat pap smears or if it’s you know the abnormalities high enough then we’ll do a Coco pasca P which is looking at the cervix with a special camera and then taking a biopsy of the cervix for women who are watching out there and maybe it’s uncomfortable for them you know maybe they don’t like having a pap smear or maybe they’ve never had one and they’re afraid of the process what would you say to get them to change their mind it’s a very simple procedure it only lasts it lasts less than a minute I know it’s very uncomfortable but once you get that done and you can have that peace of mind afterward to know that you’re healthy or if there’s something abnormal you can take the steps to help rectify it and sometimes having a woman doctor is more helpful and more nurturing and maybe a little more comfortable – exactly exactly exactly a lot of my younger patients I’ll just kind of you know let them breathe and get through it and everything so we understand where you’re coming from because we’ve had these tests done as well so we’ll make sure that you’re as a relaxed as you can be before we actually do the examination and I feel like some insurance is – a handful at least cover this exam it’s it’s a annual exam it’s preventable so you’re not even having to really pay out-of-pocket for this exactly exactly most insurances cover the pap smear every year that’s wonderful thank you so much for coming on and if you haven’t had one done please do it’s important to prevent something happening absolutely

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