Time for exam?

To the Journal editor:

If you are a woman it’s time to ask yourself: are you due for a breast cancer screening or Pap test? On the heels of Mother’s Day was National Women’s Health Week (May 12-18), the perfect time to schedule your recommended preventive checkups to help keep you healthy – not only for yourself but for your family and other loved ones.

At Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM), we know firsthand the importance of regular checkups in protecting women’s health and preventing serious health issues. Regular screenings can rule out or detect life-threatening diseases such as breast and cervical cancers and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, and others which can cause infertility.

Not everyone is aware that under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), women’s preventive health care like cancer screenings, STI testing, and birth control will be covered without co-pays. Some women with insurance are already receiving these benefits, and more women will soon, as the ACA kicks in across more health plans. Rest assured, Planned Parenthood is here to provide you with the care you need, no matter what. And that includes your ability to pay.

You can visit ppwnm.org to find the Planned Parenthood health center nearest you and schedule a well-woman exam. For more information on ACA benefits and eligibility for coverage, visit healthcare.gov. A trusted health care provider to one in five women, Planned Parenthood hopes every woman will take this week as an opportunity to make herself as healthy as possible.

Karen Griggs

Regional Medical Services

Manager PPWNM

Traverse City