Pap smears may be discontinued for women who have had a hysterectomy with no significance of prior abnormal Pap smears, but should continue to have routine pelvic exams performed by their doctor. But, again, remember that even if your pap smear days are done, an annual gynecological exam is still so important.
Do you still have a cervix after a full hysterectomy?
If you had a partial hysterectomy — when the uterus is removed but the lower end of the uterus (cervix) remains — your health care provider will likely recommend continued Pap tests. You can stop having Pap tests, however, if you had a total hysterectomy for a noncancerous condition.
What are the signs that you should have a colonoscopy?
Colorectal Cancer: Symptoms and Signs
A change in bowel habits.
Diarrhea, constipation, or feeling that the bowel does not empty completely.
Bright red or very dark blood in the stool.
Stools that look narrower or thinner than normal.
Discomfort in the abdomen, including frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness, and cramps.
Weight loss with no known explanation.
Can you die from getting a colonoscopy?
Yes, complications can occur because of colonoscopies. Out of 16,318 patients they found just 10 deaths within 30 days after the colonoscopy and, of those, they only could attribute one to the procedure. So, Middleton had every reason to feel that if he underwent the procedure, he certainly wouldn’t die as a result.