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Doctors´ group says annual pelvic
exams unnecessary for healthy women

CBS News, by Jessica Firger

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Posted By:MissMolly, 7/1/2014 4:09:22 AM

Each year, millions of women in the U.S. head to their gynecologist for an annual check-up. While it may not be the most pleasant experience in the world, most consider the prodding and mild discomfort of a routine pelvic exam to be an essential part of preventive health care. But now the American College of Physicians (ACP) is challenging the need for this practice. On Monday the group published a new set of guidelines that recommends against annual pelvic exams for healthy, non-pregnant women. After a review of studies conducted between 1946 and 2014, the ACP concluded that the risks posed by

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: flowerladytoo, 7/1/2014 4:28:46 AM     (No. 9906423)

Every three years? Really? This is just another way to cut costs. Women won´t benefit? Tell that to one of my good friends, her son, and his two children. Her daughter in law died last year, at age 29. She had cervical cancer, went two years without an exam. By time the cancer was discovered, it was the size of a lemon...and stage 4. She lived less than a year, and suffered horribly in her last months. Dead at barely 29....left behind a 7 and 12 year old. Tell THEM these tests are unnecessary :-(

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Reply 2 - Posted by: grace1798, 7/1/2014 5:36:32 AM     (No. 9906452)

I wonder about this stuff myself to be honest. Years ago....a gyny supposedly found my pap smear to be just not right. So she put me through questions about how many partners I´ve had.....since I was only married one time.....I told her ONE....which is true! Well, the additional tests came out false ...of course.......but I never returned to a gyny after that. It´s been 15 years without pap smears and recently I had a check up and I´m perfectly healthy. This is NOT to say that I am against getting check ups because ovarian cancer is a silent killer. I´m just saying ....not everyone comes down with it.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: GO3, 7/1/2014 6:26:27 AM     (No. 9906491)

The doc in the article asks what they will do during the annual visit. Well, they could remain true to form and ask if you have guns in the home. There, solved that one.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 7/1/2014 7:22:33 AM     (No. 9906554)

A decade or more of Everything Pink , from ribbons to NFL attire and even cement trucks; reminding all women to have annual breast and pelvic exams- all wiped out overnight with the roll-out of Obamacare.

Just a coincidence, I´m sure.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MOBeef4u, 7/1/2014 8:09:31 AM     (No. 9906631)

You can´t have it both ways. When attempts are made to cut healthcare costs by eliminating unnecessary or ineffective tests and procedures some start claiming that Ocare is trying to kill people. Just because certain things have been done for a long time doesn´t mean they serve a useful purpose. These should all be examined to see if they really are necessary. Besides no one is preventing you from asking for them if you want them.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: cheese, 7/1/2014 8:17:03 AM     (No. 9906641)

Doctors´ group says stitches unnecessary for people with intact skin. Doctors´ group says leg casts unnecessary for people with broken arms. Doctors´ group says radiation unnecessary for those without cancer.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Time4AR2, 7/1/2014 8:39:58 AM     (No. 9906666)

"Besides no one is preventing you from asking for them if you want them."

Yet.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/1/2014 8:53:50 AM     (No. 9906687)

Some doctors say this. Some say they are incorrect. That this exam is still valuable for reasons other than those cited by the former.

Stick with your own doctor, ladies. They know what is best and the good ones are not swayed by the latest news-seeing "groups"....

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Reply 9 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/1/2014 8:57:09 AM     (No. 9906694)

Your doctor, seeing something she questioned, asked you a correct question. Those who have multiple partners are more apt to contract cervical cancer.

If we are going to go all wobbly about things like "uncomfortable" mammograms and pelvic exams, we are going to go back in time to an era when women died. Of breast cancer, of cervical cancer, of ovarian cancer.

How can a woman who believes a mammogram or a pelvic exam are just too "uncomfortablel" ever contemplate giving birth to a child?

Get real, ladies!!!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/1/2014 9:01:00 AM     (No. 9906703)

PS to #2. That Pap smear probably showed hyperplasia. An overgrowth of cells. But on testing, the cells were found to be benign, not cancerous. That´s my bet.

The Pap smear found what it was supposed to find - and the lab test ruled out cancer. None of this testing failed. And you were protected.

(For those who don´t know it, cancer is an overgrowth of cells. Cell growth run amok.)

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Foggybottom, 7/1/2014 9:01:44 AM     (No. 9906706)

I suspect that there are many tests prescribed routinely so that physicians can testify that due diligence was performed in the case where a missed condition occurs and a plaintiff sues for malpractice.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: enuf8, 7/1/2014 10:25:01 AM     (No. 9906833)

Get some PH testing strips and keep the PH balance about 7 is what is recommended by many homeopathic doctors. They say a virus cannot live in the alkaline state but thrives when the body is more acidic.
Read the benefits of the simple lemon--it states it helps to put the body in an alkaline state.



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Reply 13 - Posted by: mickturn, 7/1/2014 10:48:55 AM     (No. 9906863)

BUSTED!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Emerson, 7/1/2014 12:11:51 PM     (No. 9907030)

Right. Let´s cut out the early warning tests that can disclose cancer in its early more curable stages. Cut that cost.

Let it marinate unnoticed until the patient is too far gone. Terminal. And bring on the Death Panel.

Obamacare.

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