Today is National Women’s Checkup Day, the start of a week-long push to ensure women receive the proper care they need. Led by the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Women’s Checkup Day encourages women to get the usual check ups they need to stave off infectious diseases and long term problems. Yearly visits to the doctor are important for women to check for many types of diseases, blood pressure, and to receive proper screenings. The following are a few very important medical tests that all women need:
1. Healthy weight check. At least once a year you should discuss with your doctor your healthy weight. If you are over, or under, your healthy weight you are more at risk for heart diseases, diabetes and cancers.
2. Audiogram. Nearly 30 million Americans suffer with hearing loss. If you are a woman between the ages of 15 and 30 you have a higher risk of suffering hearing loss. Women who are pregnant are also more at risk. If you have trouble with your hearing be safe and get it checked by a doctor.
3. Blood pressure and cholesterol. All adult women should have a doctor check your blood pressure every other year. Women over 18 should have an ideal blood pressure of 120/80. You can wait longer for cholesterol checks. Doctors recommend women over the age of 20 should have cholesterol looked at every five years by drawing a blood sample.
4. Mammogram. The best way to avoid breast cancer that affects so many women is with a breast exam. Cancer experts recommend women should have a breast cancer physical exam every three years between the ages of 20-40 and every year after. Mammograms should start at age 40 and continue every two years after that.
5. Family history checks. If you have a family history of contracting certain diseases you should get them checked more often. Talk with your doctor if you are more at risk due to your family history for certain types of cancers, diseases and other ailments. Your doctor will give you advice for how often to look for problems in your overall health.
6. Bone-Mineral Test. Bone density problems affect millions of women in the United States. Osteoporosis affects many older women and is caused by low bone density. Women make up 80 percent of all diagnosed cases of osteoporosis. You should have your first check up at age 65 and then every five years.
7. Colonoscopy. Great news ladies (sarcasm)! Colonoscopies aren’t just for men. If you are approaching your 50th birthday it’s time for a colonoscopy. You should also be tested every five years, however you doctor may allow you to be tested over longer stretches.
8. Skin cancer tests. All adult women should do a self exam on their skin once a month . If you are a woman over 20, dermatologists recommend you have your skin examined during a yearly check up. If you have a lot of moles you may want to get looked at more often. Look for discoloration in any moles and/or the skin all over your body. If you notice any changes see a dermatologist immediately.
9. Pap smears and pelvic exams. Sexually active women over the age of 21 should have a pelvic exam and Pap smear every two years. If you are over 30, and don’t have a history of problems in this area you can have the tests done every three years.
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