admin - July 17, 2014
Add a reminder to your calendar to make an appointment for a regular checkup. With many people handling completely full schedules, it’s easy to forget to make it to the doctor, especially when you seem to feel pretty healthy.
With health screenings readily available, there isn’t a reason to not take advantage of this option. If you are healthy, it gives you reassurance about a list of health conditions that you do not have to worry about, and if not, health screenings work to detect conditions in early stages so that you can take action with your doctor.
Health Screenings for Women
In addition to getting routine checkups, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has these recommended screening guidelines for women.
Blood Pressure Screening: For all women, it is recommended that you be tested at least every 2 years even if your blood pressure levels are normal. If your blood pressure levels are slightly elevated, the screening should be performed every year. If your blood pressure is above 140/90 discuss treatment with your doctor.
Bone Mineral Density (Osteoporosis) Screening: For women ages 50 – 64 discuss with your doctor or nurse if you are at risk for osteoporosis. Risk factors include postmenopausal, thin frame, diet low in calcium, smoking, physical inactivity, heavy alcohol consumption and race – Caucasians, Asian Americans and Hispanics have an increased risk. Women ages 65+ should be screened and discuss repeat testing.
Breast Cancer Screening: Women under the age of 50 should discuss being screened with their doctor, since official recommendations do not start until after. Starting at age 50, women should be screened every 2 years.
Cervical Cancer Screening: Get a pap test every 3 years if you are age 21+. At the age of 30, the screening recommendation changes to get a Pap and HPV test together at 5 year intervals.
High Cholesterol Screening: Starting at the age of 20, women should have their cholesterol tested regularly. High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease, which is the number one cause of death in women.
Colorectal Cancer Screening: Starting at the age of 50, women should be screened for colorectal cancer. Screening intervals depend on individual risk factors.
Diabetes Screening: It is recommended for women to be screened for diabetes if blood pressure is higher than 135/80. Women are at an increased risk at age 45+.
Screenings from Life Line Screening
At Life Line Screening we believe in the power of prevention, and have designed our screenings to detect early onset of serious conditions. For specific disease risk factors, screening and information about our services, visit our website [www.lifelinescreening.com].
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