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Medical tests every woman should get done

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Sure, your to-do list is probably longer than the Great Wall of China but medical screening tests are a must to stay on top of your health. Think of them as basic maintenance, just like checking the oil and tire pressure to keep your car running down the highway.

Mammograms, blood glucose tests, and Colonoscopy - these are just a few of the health exams that are essential to a woman's health. Is it time for you to schedule one of these screening tests?

To help make it simple, we've compiled a list of the most important medical tests every woman should get done. Here's to routine maintenance for your health.

General Health

What

Physical examination

When

Every 2–3 years

 

Why

To screen for diseases; assess risk for future problems; discuss lifestyle habits; and keep vaccinations up to date.

Bone Health

What

Bone mineral density test

 

When

At least once beginning at the age of 65; earlier depending on your risk factors for Osteoporosis.

 

Why

There are no obvious signs of Osteoporosis until you fracture a bone. Bone density screenings identify problems early, enabling you to start treatment and prevent further bone loss.

Breast Health

What

Mammogram

 

When

Every 1–2 years starting at age 40

 

Why

To identify possible early signs of breast cancer

Colorectal Health

 

What

Colonoscopy

 

When

Every 10 years starting at the age of 50. Alternatively, you may get a flexible Sigmoidoscopy done every 5 years or a double-contrast Barium Enema done every 5 years or a CT Colonography (virtual Colonoscopy) done every 5 years, but a Colonoscopy will be needed if any of those results are positive.

 

Why

To identify (and remove) Precancerous Polyps or early cancers.

For Diabetes

What

Fasting plasma glucose test (also called blood glucose test)

 

When

Every three years starting at age 45; more often or earlier if you're overweight or at risk for Diabetes.

 

Why

To provide an early warning sign of high blood sugar levels, which could mean an increased risk for Diabetes.

Eye Health

What

Eye exam

 

When

At least once from ages 20 to 29; at least two exams between ages 30 and 39. At age 40, get a baseline eye disease screening done. Based on results, follow ophthalmologist's recommendations until the age of 65. After that, complete eye exam every one to two years.

Why

To test your vision and screen for Glaucoma and Macular degeneration, two common, often age-related conditions.

Ear Health

What

Hearing test

 

When

Beginning at the age of 18, then once every 10 years until the age of 50, after which it should be done once every three years.

 

Why

To make sure you're hearing all life is appropriate.

Teeth health

What

Dental exam and cleaning

When

At least once a year; twice a year is best.

Why

To remove plaque and bacteria that could lead to tooth and gum disease; to check for tongue and mouth cancer. Problems with your teeth can indicate Osteoporosis.

Heart Health

What

Blood pressure screening

 

When

At least every 2 years in your health care professional's office.

 

Why

The only way to identify hypertension is with blood pressure screenings.

Reproductive/Sexual Health

What

HPV test

 

When

Every 5 years along with Pap test in women aged between 30 to 65

Why

The HPV test in combination with the Pap test is better at identifying women at risk for developing Cervical cancer than the Pap test alone.

Early detection is often the best prevention. So,no matter what your age, just follow this simple test and make sure you're in good health.

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