National Call Your Doctor Day
Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley | Medical Clinic
Today is National Call Your Doctor Day and we are reminding all women to schedule their annual Well-Woman Exams!
National Call Your Doctor Day was started by Bright Pink, a women’s health non-profit organization that focuses on getting more women to schedule their Well-Woman Exams to help combat breast and ovarian cancer.
Many women delay routine care because they are so busy in their daily lives. When you don’t see a doctor regularly, sometimes health issues like cancer are caught late. This delay can make them harder to treat. That is why it is important for women to keep up their routine doctor’s appointments.
A Well-Woman Exam is a doctor’s appointment focused on overall and reproductive health – this includes checking for signs of breast and ovarian cancer. These cancers can develop with little or no symptoms. Having regular check-ups will help to catch these cancers early on. Cancers can grow very fast, so starting treatment as soon as possible is very important to recovery. Research shows that the 5-year survival rate for breast and ovarian cancers can be greater than 92% when detected early.
It is important to routinely see a doctor for screenings. There are things you can do at home to monitor your health as well.
To practice breast self-awareness, pay attention to ongoing:
- Soreness or rashes
- Changes in size or shape
- Warmth, redness or darkening
- Nipple discharge
- Click HERE for more information on breast self-awareness.
To practice ovarian self-awareness, pay attention to ongoing:
- Difficulty eating
- Pelvic and abdominal pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Menstrual changes
- Click HERE for more information on ovarian self-awareness.
Your Well-Woman Exam will check for both breast and ovarian cancers. To check for breast cancer, your provider may perform a breast exam and/or recommend an imaging test called a mammogram. To check for ovarian cancer, you will receive a pelvic exam.
Well-Women exams are scheduled based on your risk level for breast, ovarian and other cancers. Some people need to schedule Well-Woman Exams earlier than others. Your risk level depends on your family history and genetics. Click HERE to assess your personal risk level. Once you know your risk level, click HERE to determine when you should start scheduling your Well-Woman Exams.
At Chapa-De we understand the importance of women’s health and preventative care. That is why we offer Well-Woman Exams in our two clinics.
To schedule your Well-Woman Exam at Chapa-De, please call our Auburn location at (530) 887-2810 or our Grass Valley location at (530) 477-8545 or visit us online at chapa-de.org.
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