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A reminder for women to schedule annual appointments

Take the initiative and schedule your next mammogram or gynecology appointment today. TidalHealth has providers near you!

Importance of annual appointments 

Amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life, National Women’s Health Week (May 14 through 20) serves as a timely reminder for women to take charge of their health, particularly by scheduling crucial annual gynecology appointments and mammograms. 

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Regular gynecological check-ups are vital for women’s health as they allow healthcare providers to screen for various reproductive health issues, including cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Impact of screening on cancer rates 

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), cervical cancer screening through pap smears and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing has contributed significantly to reducing cervical cancer rates in recent years. 

Crucial role of mammograms 

Additionally, mammograms play a crucial role in the early detection of breast cancer, which is the most common cancer among women worldwide. The American Cancer Society recommends that women aged 40 and older should undergo annual mammograms, while younger women should discuss their individual risk factors and screening recommendations with their healthcare providers. 

Overcoming barriers to screening 

Despite the importance of these screenings, many women often neglect them due to various reasons, including lack of awareness, fear, or busy schedules. However, early detection through regular screenings can significantly improve the prognosis and treatment outcomes for conditions like cervical and breast cancer. 

Early detection saves lives 

“A screening test is a way to detect a hidden disease in an otherwise healthy person, and it allows us to offer treatment when a disease is in its early stages, rather than when it’s more advanced and harder to manage,” Dr. Gupta said. “These tests are absolutely essential.” 

Be proactive and schedule now

Dr. Gupta and her family of knowledgeable providers at TidalHealth OB/GYN in Seaford, Del., are accepting appointments, as is the TidalHealth Breast Center on Snow Hill Road in Salisbury, Md. Schedule your annual screenings and tests today, TidalHealth has appointments available now

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