Premier Adult Female Preventative Care & Treatment

Our Internal Medicine practice will help you stay on track by sending reminders about your upcoming screenings. Our goal is to help you live a healthier and happier life through preventative care. Depending on your health concerns and personal risk factors, your preventative screening schedule may differ from the standard recommendations.
We will plan a schedule that’s tailored best for you. If you have particular risk factors like a chronic disease, obesity, or a family history of a disease, additional screenings may be recommended. During your annual well-care visit, you and your doctor will discuss how to improve your health and prevent disease, and you may receive recommended tests or immunizations during your visit.

What is a Pap Smear?

A Pap smear is a screening test of a sample of cells taken from a woman’s cervix or vagina. The sample is examined in a lab under a microscope to look for changes in the cells of the cervix and vagina that show cancer or conditions that may develop into cancer. Pap screenings testing should begin at age 21. Routine screening is recommended every 2 years for women 21-65 years old. For women 30-65 years who have a normal Pap test with a negative HPV test, screening every 3-5 is considered adequate. It is the best tool to detect precancerous conditions and hidden, small tumors that may lead to cervical cancer. If detected early, cervical cancer can be cured.

What is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. It is one way to screen for breast cancer. Mammograms help find growths that are too small to be felt during a breast exam. A routine mammogram is known as a screening mammogram. Routine mammograms are for women who have no symptoms. A routine mammogram gives health care providers a picture of what is normal for your breasts. Each mammogram will help them see any changes since the last one. Sometimes mammograms are recommended after a breast exam. This is called a diagnostic mammogram. A diagnostic mammogram might be done if a lump or other changes in the breast are found during a breast exam.