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New OB/GYN guidelines urge annual wellness visits
USA Today

Obstetricians and gynecologists want women to keep coming to them for annual exams, even though women are no longer advised to get yearly Pap tests to screen for cervical cancer. In new guidelines published Monday, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists makes the case for an annual “well-woman” visit and continues to recommend annual pelvic exams for women older than age 21. But the doctors’ group also says “no evidence supports or refutes,” the value of the internal exam for finding signs of cancer or other problems in women with no symptoms.