Screen_Shot_2024-05-09_at_1.jpegMay marks Women's Health Month, an annual reminder for women to prioritize their health and well-being. As women, we often put the needs of others before our own. However, it's important to remember that taking care of ourselves is not a selfish act but rather an essential one. One way to do this is by staying up to date with routine exams and screenings.

Prima CARE, a recognized leader in medical care for southeastern New England communities, offers a range of services specifically tailored to women's health. From routine check-ups to specialized care, our medical experts are dedicated to helping women maintain their health and vitality at every stage of life.

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If you've been putting off your routine exams, now is the time to make them a priority. Here's why:

Understanding The Importance of Routine Exams 

Routine exams and screenings are essential for maintaining good health. However,nearly half of all American women skipped routine health screenings in the past year due to financial constraints or lack of time. This is concerning, as routine exams are crucial for early detection and prevention of potential health issues.

By scheduling regular check-ups with your doctor, you can identify any potential health concerns early on when they are easier to treat. These exams also allow your doctor to track changes in your health over time and make necessary adjustments to your care plan based on your individual needs and medical history.

Some common routine exams for women include: 

  • Annual well-woman visit: A yearly exam to discuss reproductive health, family planning, and mental health issues.
  • Pap smear: A screening for cervical cancer, recommended every 3-5 years, depending on age and risk factors.
  • Mammogram: A screening for breast cancer, recommended yearly for women over 40.
  • Bone density scan: Recommended for women over 65 or those with risk factors for osteoporosis. 
  • Colonoscopy: A screening for colon cancer, recommended every 10 years starting at age 45.

Why You Shouldn't Skip Your Routine Exams

Beyond early detection of potential health issues, there are numerous reasons not to skip your routine exams:

Prevent Issues Before They Get Worse

Routine exams are a form of preventive care that can help prevent diseases or conditions before they start or worsen. Preventive measures can include vaccinations, lifestyle recommendations, and early interventions for detected risks.

At Prima CARE, ourmedical experts provide personalized preventive care plans based on your individual needs and medical history. By following these recommendations, you can significantly reduce the risk of developing certain chronic conditions, like heart disease.

Save Time & Money

By staying up to date with routine exams, you can save time and money in the long run. Detecting health issues early on can prevent them from becoming more serious and costly to treat.

Moreover, preventive care is often covered by insurance plans, making it a cost-effective way to maintain your health. At Prima CARE, we accept most majorinsurance plans and offer affordable options for those without insurance coverage.

Find Peace of Mind 

Getting a clean bill of health from your routine exams can give you peace of mind and reduce any anxiety or worry about your health. Conversely, if a potential health issue is detected, early intervention can improve outcomes and allow you to take control of your health, which can help you feel more confident and in control. 

At Prima CARE, our compassionate medical team will guide you through your routine exams and provide support every step of the way. Our goal is to ensure that you feel informed, empowered, and at ease during your routine exams.

Build a Relationship with Your Doctor

Routine exams also provide an opportunity to build a trusting and long-lasting relationship with your healthcare provider. This can be especially beneficial for women's health, as many health concerns may require sensitive discussions and personalized care. 

Our primary care physicians are dedicated to creating a comfortable and welcoming environment for our patients. We take the time to listen, understand your needs, and provide expert care that meets your specific health goals. 

How Prima CARECan Help 

AtPrima CARE, we are committed to providing comprehensive and customized care for women. Our expert team offers a range of services, including annual physical exams,gynecological care, and more.

We understand that each woman's health needs are unique and may change throughout their lifetime. That's why we take a holistic approach to women's health, addressing not just physical health but also mental health and emotional well-being. 

Make Your Health A Priority, Always

As women, it's easy to get caught up in our daily responsibilities and put our health on the back burner. However, by prioritizing routine exams and screenings, we can take charge of our health and well-being.

This Women's Health Month, commit to scheduling your routine exams with our Prima CARE team. We are dedicated to providing exceptional care that empowers women to live their best lives.

With multiple convenient locations,Prima CARE makes it easy for you to prioritize your health and get the routine exams you need. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services for women's health.

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