The Importance of Getting an Annual Pap Smear
As a woman, it is important to receive good gynecological care, including an annual pelvic exam and having a Pap test or smear. Having this crucial annual test acts as your first line of defense against cervical cancer. This test detects cervical changes of note or concern so that they can be addressed. It may be combined with a test for human papillomavirus (HPV) — a common sexually transmitted infection that can cause cervical cancer in some women. Typically, these tests are advised for women 30 years of age and older. Preventive care is one of the most effective ways of avoiding gynecological problems, as opposed to going to the doctor only after you encounter a problem.
When cervical cancer is detected early, there is a greater chance at undergoing treatment and finding a cure. Having the test annually helps your medical professional identify any cell changes that may be a red flag that could lead to future cancer problems., Staying aware of these changes allows the issues to be addressed in an effort to avoid experiencing a serious health concern.
Once a baseline has been established with regular testing that does not indicate any irregularities, your doctor may opt to decrease your Pap test to every two or three years. But again – these are decisions that must be made by a qualified health professional who is familiar with you and your gynecological history.
Certain women may be able to cease having Pap smears, upon their doctor’s advice, once they reach the age of 65 without having any abnormal Pap test results. Also, if a woman has had a complete hysterectomy, including removal of the cervix, your doctor may advise no further Pap smears.
Call us today at (305) 603-7824 to make an appointment to see a staff gynecologist at our clinic. You need to be mindful of yourself and maintaining your own health by having annual exams and practicing preventive care.
Family Medical Clinic Kendall is an inner-city health clinic in Miami. We care about all of our community members in the area. Treating families is our life’s work and passion. As your neighborhood medical clinic, we are here to help you prevent and treat health conditions. We are open late, and no appointment is required. Located at 9000 SW 137th Avenue, Suite 111, in Miami, we offer a walk-in clinic, urgent care and a lab & diagnostics. Call us today at (305) 603-7824 to find out how we can help.