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All women who are sexually active and those who are 21 years of age and older should visit a gynecologist once per year for a checkup, including a breast exam and Pap smear. These exams are critical steps in safeguarding your health. While the breast exam checks for abnormalities that could indicate breast cancer, a Pap smear is a lab test of your cervical cells to check for gynecological cancer. By having these tests annually, you can facilitate the early detection of cancer, which could save your life.

You can watch this video to hear more about the importance of the annual visit to the gynecologist’s office. You’ll hear a doctor explain what you can expect during your visit and why an abnormal Pap smear is not necessarily cause for alarm.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic, you’ll find a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere with caring gynecologists who are committed tohelping you safeguard your health . Women throughout Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. can call our women’s clinic at (202) 659-9403.