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|Guideline: Most healthy women can skip pelvic exam|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
WASHINGTON ó No more dreaded pelvic exam? New guidelines say most healthy women can skip the yearly ritual.
Routine pelvic exams donít benefit women who have no symptoms of disease and who arenít pregnant, and they can cause harm, the American College of Physicians said Monday as it recommended that doctors quit using them as a screening tool.
Itís part of a growing movement to evaluate whether many longtime medical practices are done more out of habit than necessity, and the guideline is sure to be controversial.
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