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Q&A with Dr. Anne-Marie Reed, D.O.

1. Dr. Anne-Marie Reed, what is a well woman exam and how often should a woman get one?

A well woman exam is a preventative health exam for women that primarly consists of the follow:

  • A pap smear, which screens for cervical cancer
  • A breast exam with/without a mammogram, which screens for breast cancer.

A well woman exam should be done yearly.


2. What birth control options are available for women?

There are many hormonal and non-hormonal options available which include the pill, patch, injection and IUDs. Your health care provider can help you decide which method is best for you.


3. Should men get yearly preventative health exams? Why?

Yes. It is important to screen for diseases unique to men such as testicular, prostate, and colon cance. Studies show that men are more likely than women to develop coronary artery disease.


4. Dr. Anne-Marie Reed, what is the advantage of yearly flu vaccination?

Flu vaccine helps to protect against teh influenza virus by boosting one’s immune system to this virus. Currently there are two forms available, injectable and intranasal. All ages will benefit.


5. How do I get my cholesterol checked, and why is it important?

A cholesterol panel is checked by having a blood sample taken. High cholesterol is a risk factor for common conditions such as heart attacks and strokes. Awareness of your cholesterol level is the first step in prevention of diseases caused by high cholesterol.


6. How do I maintain healthy skin?

Important ways to maintain healthy skin include wearing sunscreen, limiting sun exposure, moisturizing, drinking plenty of water and getting a yearly skin exam.