Posted on 10/07/2011, by Jeremy Edsall
Be Preventive with Your Care - Women
Preventive care, including regular doctor visits, can prevent the onset of many potentially dangerous diseases. Women are particularly at risk of developing problems in their reproductive organs and should make efforts to reduce their risks by engaging in regular screenings, examinations and tests to detect problems early on.
o Women over age 65 should have routine bone density
teststo detect the risk of developingosteoporosis. This
disease makes the bones more fragile and likely to break.
o Women with an increased risk should have screenings
beginningat age 60.
§ Blood Pressure
o Women should have their blood pressure taken at least
every two years to detect early signs of hypertension
o The longer high blood pressure goes undetected and untreated,
thehigher the risk of stroke, heart attack,heart failure and
§ Cholesterol Screening
o Women should have a cholesterol test every five years after age 20.
o High levels of cholesterol raise the risk of heart attack and stroke.
§ Colorectal Cancer Screening
o Women should have a colorectal screening to detect cancerous
cells and growths in the inside wall of the colon after age 50.
o Women who have a family history or colorectal cancer or inflammatory
bowel disease should have regular screenings earlier and/or more
frequently than the average patient.
o Women should have a mammogram every one to two years after age 40.
o High risk women should talk to their doctors about start mammograms at an
§ Pap Smears
o Women should have their first screening Pap smear at age 21
o Women in their 20s should have a Pap smear every two years
o Women age 30 and over who have had three normal Pap smears in a row
should have a Pap smear every three years
o Pap smear screening can be stopped in women 65-70 years old whohave had
three or more normal Pap smears in a row.
§ Pelvic Exams
o Women who have been sexually active should have a pelvic exam everyone to
three years after having three consecutive normal exams to detect signs of illness.
It is also wise for women whoare thinking about trying to conceive to visit their
physician for a full check-up. At this time, the doctor can address any health
concerns that may inhibit conception or may pose dangers to a baby once
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