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Three essential screenings women shouldn’t delay this year

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Don’t delay your well-women appointments and annual screenings

With Fall upon us, there are just four months left in 2020. This is hard to believe given that Americans have spent the majority of the year amidst a global pandemic.

"For many women, the priority this year has been sheltering in place and keeping their families safe," said Dr. Michael Fenech, OB/GYN at Ascension Via Christi in Pittsburg. "However, routine screenings and appointments remain just as crucial as any year."

According to a recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 48% of Americans claim they or someone in their household has delayed or skipped medical care. In addition, 11% of those individuals who delayed or skipped medical care reported that their condition worsened as a result of delayed medical attention. Routine screenings for women is included in these statistics. This is partially due to essential closures, but in many places routine screenings are once again up and running and women aren’t rescheduling or keeping appointments.

Unfortunately, cancer and other abnormalities often caught in routine screenings will not wait for the pandemic and sheltering in place to end. In alignment with Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in September, Dr. Fenech reminds women of three critical screenings you shouldn’t miss this year.

Mammograms: According to the CDC, it is essential that women receive yearly breast exams, and women over 50 should begin regular mammograms. Like many types of cancer, it is essential that breast cancer is caught early. Making a point to keep your yearly exam can save your life. 

Colonoscopies: Most experts agree that you should have a colonoscopy every 10 years starting at the age of 45. It is essential to stay on schedule and up-to-date. If you’re scheduled to have a colonoscopy this year, it is essential to keep your appointment. 

Pap smears: Women ages 21 and older should have regular Pap smears. The frequency may vary depending on your doctor or medical history. Pap smears are an essential part of detecting cervical cancer and other abnormalities. 

Visit to schedule your routine exams today. 

To speak with an Ascension provider about routine exams for women, call:

  • Pittsburg: Ascension Via Christi Women's Clinic, 620-230-0044
  • Wichita area:
  • Fort Scott: Ascension Medical Group, 620-223-7008
  • Wamego: Wamego Health Center, 785-456-6288
About Michelle Kennedy

Michelle Kennedy is the Senior Marketing Specialist for Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Ascension Via Christi in Fort Scott and Wamego Health Center. She is a proud wife and mom and loves cooking, camping and spending time outdoors, her dogs and reading.