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As a member of Tufts Health Plan, you can get a gynecological checkup once a year. Your primary care provider (PCP) can provide this checkup, or you can choose to see an obstetrician/gynecologist. Your yearly checkup is a good time to ask any questions and learn more about your health. You can also talk with your provider about family planning options that suit your needs.
Detection and Prevention
Regular pap+ tests can help detect precancerous cells and cervical cancer early when treatment is most effective.
Women ages 40 to 74 should have a regular mammogram++ to help detect breast cancer as early as possible.+Pap tests: As part of your regular pelvic exam, your doctor should give you a Pap test. During a Pap test the doctor scrapes a small sample of cells from the surface of the cervix to look for cell changes. If a Pap test shows abnormal cell changes, your doctor may do other tests to look for precancerous or cancerous cells on your cervix.
++Mammogram: A mammogram is when your doctor takes an X-ray of your breasts (mammary glands) to screen for breast problems, such as a lump, and to check whether a lump is a fluid-filled cyst or a solid mass.
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