Women's Health

Set Yourself Up for a Year of Good Health

The start of the new year is a great time to review your health needs. For example:
  • When was your last routine physical?
  • Are you due for a mammogram?
  • What immunizations will you need this year?
  • Have you celebrated a birthday that coincides with a recommended health screening (for example, a colonoscopy at age 50)?
That's a short list of examples, and we understand if you're already overwhelmed. Did you know you can set reminders for your screenings on the Good Vibes newsletter website? Simply log in to your account, click on "resources" and select "health reminders". Each reminder offers information on screening recommendations, and you can click to customize for your needs. 

If you need help finding a doctor, call 888-847-8823 to speak with one of Virtua's Personal Health Navigators. 

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Nearly 13,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, yet Pap smears (the test that screens for cervical cancer) are no longer recommended annually for women with normal test results. However, you still need an annual pelvic exam. Confused? We clear it up for you

To find a Virtua Health OB-GYN, call 888-847-8823.
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Self-Testing for Cervical Cancer Increases Screening Rates

FRIDAY, Nov. 8, 2019 -- Mailing self-sampling kits to test for the cervical cancer-causing virus HPV significantly increased screening rates for the cancer, according to a new study.

The research included nearly 20,000 women in the Kaiser Permanente Washington (state) system who hadn't been screened for cervical cancer in more than three years.

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