Fewer Mammograms, and now…..fewer PAPS.

For those who are fans of full body CT scans, and mammograms and colonoscopy’s etc. you may be dismayed to learn that just this week yet another screening is being downplayed.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) has changed their recommendations regarding PAP smears for young women. Young women should have their first Pap test no sooner than age 21, regardless of when they become sexually active and should have annual PAPs ever other year after age 21- and even up to every 3 years if no abnormality is ever detected after 3 tests.

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New Guidelines for Mammography

OK- So this is unrelated to birth, but in my opinion it’s a huge women’s health issue.  Mammography.

Hello, my name is Lori, I am 40, and I have crappy health insurance.  Like a good informed citizen, I got a mammogram shortly after my 40th birthday because that was the ‘right’ thing to do according to the medical powers that be.  This decision was made by me based on the recommendation and guidelines, that were changed just today by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. I am applauding this decision and here’s why.

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