Despite those ubiquitous pink ribbons and the fact that we just know better, it’s easy to keep telling ourselves we’ll make that OBGYN appointment next month instead. Here are 10 facts to remember when faced with the temptation to hit snooze on that reminder yet again.
Fact 1: Last year about 39,620 American women died of breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. When a tumor is at its easiest to cure, breast cancer usually shows no symptoms, which is why it is so important to get regular breast cancer screenings from your doctor. The earlier you catch it, the better your chances of successful treatment.
Fact 2: The ACS estimates that 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Don’t think it can’t happen to you. Are you in a room with 8 or more women?
Fact 3: The ACS’s estimate for cervical cancer in U.S. women will have you dialing your OBGYN too. It estimates that in 2014, 12,360 women will be newly diagnosed and 4,020 will die from the disease. As with all cancer, early detection can be key to a good treatment outlook.
Fact 4: Cervical cancer tends to show up mostly in women under 50 years old, so don’t think you’re too young to be concerned about regular screenings.
Fact 5: Getting a pap smear can allow your doctor to discover pre-cancers before they even become invasive. This is another reason why regular screenings are imperative.
Fact 6: According to a recent study reported by NPR and published in Nature Communications, what you eat even right before you become pregnant can affect your baby. At-home pregnancy tests do not have a 100% accuracy rate, so seeing your Board Certified OBGYN katy regularly if you’re trying to get pregnant can help you know when to hit that healthy-eating switch.
Fact 7: It is widely recognized that certain curable sexually transmitted diseases can cause infertility. What’s more – they may have no other symptoms until it’s too late. Regular STD/STI testing from your doctor will ensure you stay healthy, particularly if you’re hoping to have children someday.
Fact 8: Chlamydia, one such disease, affected 1.1 million people in 2007, reports the CDC.
Fact 9: Premenstrual syndrome (a.k.a. “PMS”) affects 85% of women, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. And while it’s often thought of as an inevitable part of womanhood, medication is required to maintain severe PMS in a healthy way. Talking to your OBGYN about the severity of your symptoms can help you during that time of the month.
Fact 10: The same group estimates that yeast infections affect 75% of women at some point in their lives. Your OBGYN is a professional at detecting and treating such infections, so you don’t need to engage in your own guesswork during an awkward drugstore trip.
There you have it. Get out there and get your annual check up, ladies! It could be a matter of life and death.