Women in the Cary – Raleigh NC area need an annual wellness / pelvic exam. The new guidelines issued by the United States Preventive Services Task Force have resulted in great confusion for women. Much of the confusion was intentional. According to the CDC, women are 33% more likely to visit a doctor than men and their annual visits for exams and preventive services are double that of men. The health care reform agenda is focused on cutting costs. Decreasing women’s visits to the doctor is the first place they have started. While it is true that many women can safely have pap smears every three years, every woman should have a breast exam, pelvic exam, and rectal exam annually.
The gynecologist is uniquely qualified to evaluate and examine the breast along with regional lymph nodes, as well as the uterus, ovaries and rectum. We are seeing colorectal cancer at younger ages and breast cancer continues to be a threat to all women.
As women age, certainly beyond age 35, their odds of developing cancers of the breast, colon, uterus, ovary and fallopian tube increase. These conditions can be elusive and difficult to diagnose. It is in the woman’s best interest to see a gynecologist annually to optimize their surveillance of these deadly cancers. Remember, pap smear and pelvic exam are not interchangeable terms. The pap smear is done during a pelvic exam.
Discuss with me at your annual visit whether you need a pap during your pelvic exam.
Dr. Ronald Rogers, an experienced gynecologist in Cary, NC, has been serving patients for more than 18 years. View a list of services offered at Rogers Gynecology and Women’s Health or schedule an appointment with Dr. Rogers today by calling 919-465-4455 or filling out the request an appointment form online.