The month of May is a busy time of year complete with graduations, end-of-school year parties, dance recitals and outdoor sporting activities. But perhaps the most notable day in May is Mother’s Day—a day reserved to recognize some of the most important women in our lives—caretakers, comforters and the glue that holds many families together.
May is the perfect time to remind mothers and other women to make their health a priority. Though regular health screenings are the best way for women to be proactive about their health, knowing what screenings they need, and at what age they should schedule the appointments with their doctor can be confusing to determine.
“There are many organizations now that make screening recommendations public with the intent to help inform women on when they should schedule these important tests,” said Archbold obstetrician and gynecologist Sandra Reed, MD. “But the problem is some of the recommendations differ, and it can be very confusing for patients to know what is best for them.”
Routine appointments with physicians allow discussion of any health concerns and sometimes in advance of any serious symptoms. It’s also a chance for patient and doctor to work together to develop a plan to screen for diseases.
“Every woman is unique and so are her risks of developing certain diseases,” said Dr. Reed. “But by understanding those risks and following your physician’s guidelines for regular screenings, you can improve the chances of catching disease early, so you can live a healthier life with your family.”
On May 3, as part of Archbold’s continuing Health Talk free community lecture series, Dr. Reed will present “Women’s Health: What you Need to Know—the Facts about Current Screening Recommendations”. Current screening recommendations and other women’s health topics will be discussed.
The talk is offered free as a clinical outreach effort to uphold Archbold’s core value of community benefit. Dr. Reed is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and practices at the Shaw Center for Women’s Health. The lecture will be held at 6pm in the Williams Auditorium located in the East Tower of Archbold Memorial Hospital. Dinner will be served. Pre-registration is required; call 229-584-5520 or visit www.archbold.org.