The Importance of Health Exams

The Importance of Health Exams

I want to talk about something that is very important to me and that is women’s health. Specifically the importance of health exams.

We all know that you should go in for Clinical Breast Exams starting at the age of twenty and PAP smears at 21. Yet, we’re busy and they are uncomfortable, so we often put them off. I for one, was incredibly embarrassed about the entire thing. I put it off and put it off and didn’t end up going in for either exam until I was 24. I figured I was young and healthy and careful and didn’t need to. I knew better, but I let myself put it off because I was too embarrassed to go.

And you know what? I had a problem. My breast exam was normal, but I had precancerous cells found in my PAP that had to be surgically removed. I was lucky that we found it in time to squash it, but it could have easily been worse.

I wanted to share my story just incase there are other girls out there who are afraid. If you’ve put off your health screening for any reason, please go get yourself checked out. More than likely everything will be fine, but get checked out just in case. It’s worth it. Plus, it wasn’t even that bad. It takes about 2 seconds and your doctor will make you feel completely comfortable.

Because of my experience with my PAP, I’ve really taken control of all of my health screenings, including my breast exams. I now realize that early detection is the key and that these exams are nothing to be afraid of. I now have to go back yearly for a PAP and I get my breast cancer and physical done the same day. I’ll never miss another exam again.

Since it’s October and it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought I’d share some information on Breast Cancer from Bankers Healthcare Group. BHG is a big supporter of breast cancer research and recently sponsored and competed in the Aiming for the Cure golf tournament to raise funds for the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund.


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this post was sponsored by Bankers Healthcare Group

  • that is so scary girl! glad you were able to get it early though. i had an abnormal pap when i was younger, and it is terrifying. it’s easy to put it off, but i try and remind myself that a few moments of embarrassment or discomfort are worth the peace of mind.

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