Wellness

Annual Gynecological Exam

Annual Gynecological Exams | HPV Screenings | Detroit MI | Warren MIThe annual gynecological exam, also known as a well woman exam, is a yearly preventative and diagnostic exam which serves to maintain the wellness of our female patients, as well as monitor any ongoing physical and hormonal conditions. The annual gynecological exam includes a routine breast and pelvic exam, and screening for sexually transmitted diseases, or STD, such as chlamydia or gonorrhea. A Pap test may also be performed depending on the age and sexual history of the patient.

For patients under 35 years old

  • Pelvic and breast exam
  • Thin Prep Pap smears for those > 21 years old
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) screening, if > 21 yrs old
  • Blood pressure check
  • Height/weight measurement
  • Urine screening
  • CBC (complete blood count) and TSH (thyroid screen)
  • Cholesterol screening every 3-5 years

For patients from 35 to 49 years old

  • Pelvic and breast exam
  • Thin Prep Pap smear with HPV screening
  • Blood pressure check
  • Height/weight measurement
  • Urine screening
  • Cholesterol screening every 3-5 years
  • CBC (complete blood count) and TSH (thyroid screen) may be requested with your annual well-woman exam
  • Screening for blood in stool, if positive family history of colon cancer

For patients from 50 to 64 years old

  • Pelvic and breast exam
  • Thin Prep Pap smear with HPV screening
  • Blood pressure check
  • Height/weight measurement
  • Urine screening
  • CBC, thyroid screen and cholesterol may be requested with your annual well-woman exam
  • Screening for blood in stool

For patients 65 years old and over

  • Pelvic and breast exam
  • Thin Prep Pap smear
  • Blood pressure check
  • Height/weight measurement
  • Urine screening
  • CBC, thyroid screen and cholesterol may be requested with your annual well-woman exam
  • Screening for blood in stool

Breast Exams

Breast exams are physical and visual inspections of the breasts. They are an important part of an OBGYN checkup because breast exams can help identify any unusual lumps or suspicious growths around the breasts. In addition, a doctor can teach a patient how to perform these exams at home every month in order to recognize any changes on their own breasts. Breast exams can be a very useful tool for the early diagnosis of breast cancer.
During a breast exam, a doctor may ask the patient place their arm in several positions to view and examine the breast from various angles. For the physical portion of the exam, the doctor will rotate his or her fingers around the entire breast, applying changing levels of pressure to feel areas near the surface as well as deeper within the breast. Both breasts will be examined.

Women are encouraged to do self-breast examinations every month, about five days after their period begins. This is the time that the breast are the least tender and lumpy. If patients feel anything different or suspicious during the breast exam, they should consult their doctor immediately. In some cases, patients may be sent for a mammogram to further examine their breast.


Cancer Screening

Annual Gynecological Exams | HPV Screenings | Detroit MI | Warren MIAlmost two million people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each year. While there is usually no way to prevent cancer, early detection is essential in the successful treatment of the disease. Regular cancer screenings can help spot any abnormalities or changes that may appear prior to the symptoms.

Our doctors perform various cancer screening tests to help reduce the potential damage of this disease. Screening tests may include:

  • Visual examination
  • Palpitation
  • X-rays
  • Endoscopy
  • MRI
  • CT Scan

These tests can be very successful in detecting early indicators of cancer which can increase the effectiveness of treatment.


HPV Screening

Cervical cancer and human papillomavirus (HPV) are serious diseases that affect many women each year. There are more than 100 types of HPV and many of them can be sexually transmitted. Some of these viruses eventually lead to cervical cancer. It is important to regularly test for these diseases to ensure early detection and treatment.

Depending on her age, a woman usually has a Pap smear every 1-3 years during a regular gynecological exam. The Pap smear detects cell changes or abnormalities which can lead to cervical cancer. Regular tests help monitor these changes and identify them as soon as they occur. Women over 30 can now request an HPV DNA test as well to coincide with their Pap smear. The HPV test can detect 13 HPVs that have a high risk of leading to cervical cancer. HPV infections have a higher risk of developing into cervical cancer for women over 30, even though infections occur more often in younger women.

Even though some HPVs go away with time and do not cause long term damage, it is important to undergo regular screening for infections and detections of cervical cancer. Talk to your doctor today about how to protect yourself.


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