When you are busy living life, it can be easy to forget your annual doctor’s checkup or your mammogram. However, routine preventative care measures like these are important and can catch health problems before they get too serious. Check out our list below of medical tests every woman should get at each age.
In Your 20s
- Well-woman exam annually starting at age 20. Pap smear every 1 to 3 years if you are 21 to 65 and have been sexually active. This test can detect cervical cancer and STDs.
- Annual cholesterol screening, especially if you use tobacco, are obese, have high blood pressure or diabetes or a family history of heart disease or heart attack.
- Blood pressure checked at least every 2 years. High blood pressure can lead to heart attack, kidney problems, stroke and more.
In Your 30s
- Skin check for skin cancer, in fact, women are more likely to get this type of cancer.
- Eye Exam to check for early signs of glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts.
In Your 40s
- Annual mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 onward.
- Diabetes test, consisting of a blood-glucose test to determine if you are prediabetic or diabetic.
- Vitamin D test to check your levels. Vitamin D can help in protecting bones and can help prevent diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
In Your 50s and onward
- Bone Density Test every 5 years starting at age 65. This can determine whether you are at risk for osteoporosis.
- Screening for colorectal cancer beginning at age 50, and at regular intervals every 3 to 5 years.
- Thyroid test to check levels of TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone). Too low or too high TSH can indicate a thyroid problem and is more common in older adults.
Make sure you’re in good health at every age and stage of your life. In addition to the tests recommended above, women should get a flu shot and a have a general physician’s visit every year. For more information about staying healthy through the years and every day, visit us online at Oak Hill Hospital. You can also call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5120 for health information and physician referrals.