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Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment are better. As a woman, you need some special exams and screenings. During your checkup, your health care provider will usually do:
A pelvic exam – an exam to check if internal female organs are normal by feeling their shape and size.
A Pap test – a test to check for cancer of the cervix, the opening to a woman’s uterus. Cells from the cervix are prepared so they can be seen under a microscope.
A clinical breast exam – to check for breast cancer by feeling and looking at your breasts.
Your health care provider may also recommend other tests, including a mammogram or a test for HPV.