A doctor explains why yearly checkups are important, from Harvard Women's Health Watch

Even women who are healthy need regular preventive services like breast exams, Pap tests, immunizations, and (starting at age 50) fecal occult blood testing, along with periodic measurements of weight, height, and blood pressure. "Well woman visits" are the perfect time to accomplish these things — as well as to create good relationships between doctors and patients, reports the May 2007 issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch. Well Woman Exam A yearly checkup is also an opportunity to reassess a woman's risk for various conditions. Family history, lifestyle, and other factors may change from year to year and affect a woman's risk profile.
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