Women's Checkup Day reinforces practicing healthy habits

Shara Dae Howard
May 14, 2018 - 6:05 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Being healthy isn't just about physical activity, healthy diets or following general safety guidelines.

Being healthy is about staying healthy — and building a relationship with your doctor as preventative care.

Prevention can make the difference between life and death, which is why National Women's Checkup Day is all about maintaining regular habits for women to improve overall health.

"It's really about a partnership between the doctor and the woman to maintain their health and being aware of breast and cervical health in particular," said Jonah Mink, a family medical physician for Stall Medidal Group in Center City and director of MobileODT. "Cervical cancer, in particular, is very easy to screen for and test for, but deadly if you miss it and it's generally asymptomatic."

Mink recommends women be proactive and see their doctor annually for checkups because many cancers are on the rise.

"There is still a high prevalence of cervical cancer, especially in underserved communities," he added.

Based on your age and demographic, Mink said taking the time for an appointment is one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself.

Patients like Brianna Cappizzi, who has a family history of cancer, aren't waiting until there's a problem to see the doctor.

"Get it done and over with because what if you have cancer?" she noted. "If it runs in your family, then you have an issue."