Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"Character is what you are in the dark"....Dwight Moody

Annual Pap Smear....The Benefits

Hi Queens. Yes, I said Queens. I have decided that I will address you as the Queens that you truly are. I once mentioned in an earlier blog "It doesn't matter what people call you, what's more important is the name that you answer to". Today, start the mental process of thinking, possessing, living, knowing our worth, and exuding the Queen in you. The definition of exude "To seem to possess; manifest". Try it on for size and feel the comfort. Once you try it, you'll never go back.

Today's blog is annual pap smear and the benefits of having it done. Experts estimate that 35,000,000 women in the United States should have regular Pap smears. About one-third of all women who should have regular Pap smears do not. A pap smear is a procedure that is done by a trained health care professional to screen for cancer of the cervix (the lower part of the uterus).

The Pap smear is a screening technique. It is used to detect cervical cancer or cervical abnormalities that might become cancer in women who don't have any symptoms of these conditions. Experts believe that pap smears should be performed on young women and women if she has reached the age of 18. is sexually active, or has been sexually active. Consult with your OB-GYN if you had a hysterectomy to find out whether it would be advisable for you to continue to have a pap smear. Having Pap smears at recommended intervals is the most important thing a woman can do to protect herself from developing cervical cancer. women who have regular Pap smears are much less likely to develop cervical cancer than are women who don't have the test regularly, because they get early treatment for precancerous conditions.

A woman may need more frequent pap smears if, she has had more than one sexual partner, became sexually active as a teenager, has had an abnormal pap smear, has had a sexually transmitted disease, has had cancer or precancerous tissue growth in the cervix, smokes, has an infection of human papillomavirus (HPV).

Are there activities that a woman should avoid 48 hours prior to have a pap smear? Yes, they are douching, having intercourse, taking a tub bath, swim,using tampons, spermicides, vaginal lubricants, or feminine deodorant sprays or powders. These activities can irritate the cervix. Avoiding them helps ensure collection of an adequate cell sample.

Queens, I will not blog or suggest anything that I am not willing to do myself. It is important that we take care of ourselves and are aware of our bodies. On Tuesday, I had a mammogram. I have not received the results. Prayerfully it is normal. It had been about 3 years since I had my previous one. I vow to follow the advice that I posted about breast cancer screening and having regular breast cancer exams. The Tuesday's health blog topic of the day is to be used as a source of initial introduction to a health issue or to reinforce what knowledge you may already have. This information should not be used as a medical substitute from the sound and professional advice that your physician can offer you. For more indepth information about this subject, please log on to website "http://www.ehealthmd.com/library/papsmear/PAP_whoshould.html

Peace and Blessings,

Tracey ReNissa

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