“Once I’m done having children, I no longer need to see my ob-gyn”
“Just because you are finished having children doesn’t mean that you should skip your gynecologist visit. He or she will still want to discuss your overall health like your blood pressure, weight, family planning, and any other health screenings you may need, such as for STIs, cervical cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer.” Cherrell Triplett, MD, an ob-gyn at Southside OBGYN in Indianapolis and clinical assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine
“Breast cancer doesn’t run in my family so I’m safe”
“Women sometimes think they can’t get breast cancer if they have no family history of the disease. This is often used as an excuse to not go for mammograms. But the truth is that the majority of women who get breast cancer have no family history—it can happen to anyone. Mammograms can detect cancers at a small, curable stage, and can be lifesaving.” Ronit Sugar, MD, FACS, board-certified breast surgeon at Aria Health
“I’m in a monogamous relationship, I don’t need Pap smears”
“Patients have told me that because they’ve been married for many years, haven’t had sex in many years, or have always had normal Pap tests that they don’t need Pap smears. However, all women should be screened for cervical cancer. HPV, the virus that can cause cervical cancer, is so common that virtually all sexually active women will get it at some point in their lives. And it may not have been detected previously because it can remain dormant for years before it starts causing damage to cells that can lead to cancer. That’s why women ages 30 to 65 should be sure they’re screened with a Pap test and HPV test together at regular intervals.” Cherrell Triplett, MD
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