Have you ever heard the common expression “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? While this might be a good rule of thumb to follow when it comes to inanimate objects, your body should never be ignored, even if you feel fine. In fact, taking a proactive approach to your health in terms of checkups, exams, and screenings can help discover potential problems before they begin and possibly early enough for treatment to be the most effective. When it comes to women’s health, breast cancer, and certain gynecological cancers if detected early enough have a better prognosis. As your primary women’s health expert, the team at Bowden Internal Medicine value women’s health and understand the specific challenges and conditions women face that are unique to men.
By now we have all heard that diet and exercise are key to the prevention of certain diseases and overall good health, including weight management, lower cholesterol levels, improved energy levels, and even depression prevention. While this is certainly true, scheduling regular exams should be a major component to your health and well-being. Preventive care puts you in the driver’s seat when it comes to your health. Many women find they are more intuned with their bodies if they seek regularly scheduled exams and screenings, at the very least, annual checkups
Our services include:
- Well-woman visits
- Pelvic and breast exams
- Counseling for hormonal and menopausal issues
- Pap smears
- Routine gynecological care and healthy support for your busy life
This year it is estimated that 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,930 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. In addition, according to the American Cancer Society, there were an estimated 110,070 new cases diagnosed and approximately 32,120 deaths from gynecologic cancers in the U.S. last year. While genetics, sex, certain risk factors, and age are all things that can’t be changed, lifestyle options and becoming progressive with your health in terms of preventative care can be!
While a preventative schedule is a great guideline, everybody is unique, and it’s always a good idea to schedule an appointment if you feel that something needs immediate attention. According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, women as young as 13 should start screening for medical issues, update immunizations and have their physician assess risks for future medical issues.
Taking your health seriously is empowering, and should be done from early on. Women’s health has seen an extreme transformation over the centuries. Women play a crucial role as the custodians of family health so it’s no wonder we value the health of women! Bowden Internal Medicine proudly serves Memphis and the Mid-South area, we have a long and proud history of providing exceptional medical care to our wonderfully diverse patient population. Dr. Marcia R. Bowden is university-trained and board-certified. We are conveniently located in central Memphis area on Madison Avenue. Visit us online today to schedule an appointment or call (901)278-9538.