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saraa
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Hello, I'm 20 years old and before the summer I got accepted by a doctor in my city. I haven't had one since my paediatrician could last see me when I was 18. I went away for the summer and now I am back. I have a few questions about what to do. I've never had a physical or anything like that.

Does my doctor do the entire physical? Mammogram, gynaecological part of a physical, etc...

I'd like to know this before I call and sound dumb.

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Hi Saraa,

First of all, let me assure you that if you call your doctor's office and ask them questions, you won't sound dumb. [Smile] They're used to getting patient questions, and they don't expect you to know the answers.

It's unlikely that you'll have a mammogram unless you have a family history of breast cancer or the doctor finds something problematic during a breast exam that they think warrants further investigation. Even then, a mammogram is typically done at the same place you'd get any other X-rays or other medical tests.

Whether or not you have your GP provide your gynecological care is really up to you, and also whether your doctor provides that care or refers their patients to a gynecologist.

we have an article on doctor visits that you might find helpful.


http://www.scarleteen.com/article/body/dealing_with_doctors_taking_control_of_your_health_care_destiny

Does this answer some of your questions?

And again, it's perfectly appropriate to ask your doctor's office what to expect. [Smile]

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There is a history of breast cancer and other cancers in my family. Would I tell my doctor I need to get one or would she set up a date and stuff for it? & I've never seen a gyno either.

That article did help!

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Robin Lee
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Your doctor will go through your health history with you and the two of you can talk together about whether a mammogram or any other tests would be appropriate for you.

Given your age, and depending on what your insurance would cover, your doctor may or may not recommend a mammogram.

Again, she'll go through all this with you, plus anything else on your health history. [Smile]

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saraa
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okay, thanks so much!

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You're welcome. [Smile]

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