Screening Frequency?

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Registered: 08-07-2007
Screening Frequency?
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Mon, 05-17-2010 - 11:30am

"It's challenging when new guidelines come out that offer different recommendations than those become accustomed to," said Durado Brooks, MD, MPH, director of prostate and colorectal cancer at the American Cancer Society.



Dr. Brooks suggested that physicians review the new guidelines and investigate the data behind them. But he advised doctors not to reassess their screening practices every time a guideline is updated. "There are too many organizations out there issuing, unfortunately, totally different sets of recommendations," he said.

 

Read more.  How often does your doctor recommend cancer screenings (pap smears, breast exams, etc)be performed?

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Mon, 05-17-2010 - 5:07pm
Once a year for both.

 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 05-18-2010 - 2:08am

Screenings for me are rather tricky.


Usually once a year or ever other year


cl-flowers

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Registered: 11-16-2001
Tue, 05-18-2010 - 9:14am

I get a Pap smear, a pelvic ultrasound, a transvaginal ultrasound when I visit the gynecologist every 2 to 3 years.

I was told to get a mammogram and the ultrasound every 3 years, too. I do a self-exam every month.












iVillage Member
Registered: 08-07-2007
Tue, 05-18-2010 - 9:17am
That's what my doctor recommends as well.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-07-2007
Tue, 05-18-2010 - 9:18am
Oh, that is a bit tricky, isn't it?

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-07-2007
Tue, 05-18-2010 - 9:18am
That's nice that you can go so long between.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-19-2003
Wed, 05-19-2010 - 9:38pm

You better believe that it's tricky and a huge pain as far as I'm concerned and unnecessary!


cl-flowers

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Registered: 08-07-2007
Thu, 05-20-2010 - 9:32am

You rebel!

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Fri, 05-21-2010 - 1:56am
My GP recommends a gynecological screening every year with a pap every two years (but given my family history, I request a pap every year and pay for it outside insurance if necessary), and a mammogram every year. I asked her about the new guidelines but she said she wasn't thinking about changing her scheduel, YET...

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-07-2007
Fri, 05-21-2010 - 9:51am
I think most doctors are not changing their schedules just yet.

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