“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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“I’m pregnant so I’m eating for two!”
“Sadly it is not true that when you’re pregnant you can eat whatever you want. For a singleton pregnancy, you need an average of 300 to 350 calories extra a day during the first and second trimester and 500 calories in the third trimester. Excessive weight gain in pregnancy puts the mom at increased risk for diabetes during pregnancy, other medical complications, and increased chances of needing a C-section.” Diana Ramos, MD
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