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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

These 5 Women’s Health Screenings Are a Must

Posted By: Advancing Care

Medically reviewed by Sharifa Menon, MD

Regular health screenings are pivotal for proactive preventive care. Getting screened, even when you’re feeling well, can aid in the early detection of potential issues, ensuring long-term health.

Here's a brief breakdown of key women's health screenings:

essential women's screenings

Pap Smears and HPV Tests

  • When: Pap smears every three years for ages 21-29; Pap smears along with HPV testing every five years for patients 30-65 for those at average risk for cervical cancer
  • Why: Essential for early detection of cervical cancer and HPV
  • Benefits: Identify abnormal cells or HPV, enabling early intervention

 Bone Density Tests

  • When: Recommended for those age 65; earlier for high-risk individuals
  • Why: Detect osteoporosis risk and prevent fractures
  • Frequency: Repeat screening and frequency is dependent on initial screening results.

 Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Screenings

  • When: Cholesterol every four to six years for most healthy adults. Blood Pressure should be checked at health maintenance visits.
  • Why: Crucial for heart health and disease prevention
  • Special consideration: During menopause, monitor lipid profile changes for effective cardiovascular risk management

 Colonoscopies

  • When: Every 10 years starting at age 45; earlier for those with a family history or other risk factors
  • Why: Critical for detecting colorectal cancer
  • Process: Involves a thorough examination to find abnormalities, polyps or other early signs of cancer

 Mammograms

  • When: Recommended around age 40
  • Why: Vital for early detection of breast cancer
  • Frequency: Annual screenings significantly reduce mortality rates

These screenings, tailored to personal health goals, age and family history, empower women to take control of their well-being.

At WMCHealth, we encourage people of all ages to prioritize their health through routine screenings. From urogynecology and female pelvic medicine to advanced obstetric care, we can help you embrace regular screenings and achieve your personal health goals. Consult your physician to ensure personalized care that aligns with your individual needs and circumstances.