Life is our most precious gift. And to that end, taking care of our whole self should be #1. For the most part, this is fairly easy. Eat right, exercise and keep your body healthy.
There are a few necessary things that we should do on a regular basis…like going to the dentist. And as a woman…this means going to the gynecologist for a regular check up. I’m not going to say anything really sensitive or embarassing in this blog. Guys don’t want to hear about this yearly visit.
But I do want to say that I never really understood why we went for this yearly exam and I certainly didn’t realize the impact of the PAP smear. I just knew this was something my insurance pays for and something that I SHOULD do. Alas…I go every year to take care of myself. But here’s why its so important:
In doing a little research about why this visit is important, I learned that prior to this test, cervical cancer was the #1 cause of death in women across the world! That’s huge. regular program of pap smear screening, with appropriate follow-up, can reduce cervical cancer incidence by up to 80%. In the US, over half of all invasive cancers occur in women that have never had a Pap smear; an additional 10 to 20% of cancers occur in women that have not had a Pap smear in the preceding five years. This stats alone show the importance of this dreaded once a year check up.
No… this yearly appointment is not fun. Yes…that little thing is cold and uncomfortable (I know that is TMI). But it only takes a few minutes every year to ensure your health and well being.
Today I saw new doctor for my yearly exam. That’s all I will say on this subject….