Annual Exams & Women’s Checkups

Explore some information about annual exams and women’s checkups available through Four Corners OB/GYN.

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Overview of Annual Exams & Women’s Checkups

Regular women’s health checkups can help you maintain overall well-being and may provide early detection of potential health issues. These checkups typically include a variety of screenings and exams, including:

By scheduling annual appointments with Four Corners OB/GYN or another healthcare provider, women can ensure they receive appropriate screenings, preventive care, and guidance on maintaining optimal health throughout their lives.

Pap Smears

Pap smears are crucial screenings for cervical cancer detection.

During this routine procedure, a healthcare provider collects cells from the cervix to examine for abnormalities or signs of precancerous or cancerous changes. Pap smears are recommended for women starting at age 21 and should be conducted regularly according to guidelines provided by healthcare professionals.

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Cancer Screenings

Cancer screenings are an important part of women’s health checkups. This can include various tests aimed at early detection of cancers that commonly affect women as early as possible.

These screenings may include mammograms, Pap smears, referral for colonoscopy, and genetic screening.

Early detection allows for timely intervention and improved treatment outcomes.

At Four Corners OB/GYN, our providers will ask about your personal and family history of cancer to create a screening schedule to ensure you receive appropriate cancer screenings tailored to your needs.

Familial Cancer

Familial cancer screenings involve assessing a person’s risk of developing certain types of cancer based on their family history and the presence of specific genetic mutations.

Salivary testing (such as Myriad genetic testing)  for genetic disorders can provide valuable information about inherited risk to develop cancer.

By identifying individuals with a heightened genetic risk, we can offer personalized screening and management plans.

These screenings play a powerful role in empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their health and potentially prevent or detect cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Sexually transmitted infection (STI) screenings are an important part of women’s health checkups, to help detect infections that can be transmitted through sexual activity.

These screenings may involve blood tests, urine tests, or swabs of genital areas to check for the presence of STIs such as:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • HIV
  • and more.

Regular STI screenings are important for sexually active individuals to ensure early detection and treatment. This can prevent complications and further transmission.

Four Corners OB/GYN provides full scope STI screenings and education.


Mammograms are specialized X-ray screenings used to detect breast cancer early, often before symptoms appear.

During a mammogram, the breasts are compressed between two plates to obtain detailed images that can reveal abnormalities such as lumps or calcifications.

Regular mammograms are recommended for most women starting at age 40 or earlier if they have a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors. These screenings are vital for early detection and intervention, potentially improving treatment outcomes.

Your Four Corners OB/GYN provider will encourage you to discuss your individual risk factors and create a screening schedule that makes the most sense for you. Mammograms are not performed in the Four Corners office but can be ordered at the medical facility most convenient for you.