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Why is this important?
What is a Pap Smear?
When a woman has a Pap smear, a very small amount of cells are collected from her cervix. This is usually painless and takes less than a minute. The cells are then evaluated for any changes that could indicate a pre-cancerous or cancerous condition. The cells can also be checked to see if they’ve been infected with HPV, Human Papilloma Virus, which can lead to cervical cancer.
How often should a women have a Pap Smear?
These are the Guidelines from the American Cancer Society
Disclosure: I am working with Hologic, the providers of Thin Prep Pap smears and the Aptima HPV assay.
A recent guideline by the US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women have Bone Mineral Density Testing (BMD) starting at age 65 or as early as 60 only if there are risk factors.
Most clinicians I know ask their patients to have a Bone Mineral Density (BMD) Test around the time that their periods stop during the menopausal transition because virtually every woman has at least 1 risk factor. This first BMD provides the woman and her health care provide a baseline understanding of where she is. (more…)