Tuesday, September 18, 2012

College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists urges annual exams. – USATODAY.com

Obstetricians and gynecologists want women to keep coming to them for annual exams, even though
women older than age 21. But the doctors' group also says "no evidence supports or refutes," the value of the internal exam for finding signs of cancer or other problems in women with no symptoms. So the final decision is up to women and their doctors, the group says.  Continue to read
College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists urges annual exams. – USATODAY.com

What are your thoughts about these recommendations?   I can't get past the part that says "women with no symptoms".  This troubles me deeply.  From my personal experience of being diagnosed with stage 3B Endocervical cancer I did not experience any signs or symptoms till the tumor grew.  All my other symptoms were just normal premenopausal symptoms.  So I recommend women to know their bodies if something is out of the norm for you don't feel funny questioning it.  Remember when we were children we always asked "WHY", well as adults there are somethings we need to know the "WHY"and a good doctor will take the TIME to explain and/or hopefully back up with facts.  Don't go with "probably"remember 'WHY".  The pelvic exam is also so important if you have the right person performing the exam.  When the trained eye gets a good view they can see that there is abnormal growth or suspicious areas.  I will never forget after receiving an abnormal pap being told oh it is nothing just menopausal symptoms.  The blood gushes were just polyps nothing to be concerned with and was prescribed birth control.   Several exams no mention of any abnormalities.  When I finally got to see the MD not the nurse practitioner she not only could see but also felt the tumor.  So  I go with get to know your body and don't be afraid to find out the "WHY

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