Medical Tests Every Woman Should Have
Between work and family obligations, we tend to live busy lives. You may be tempted to cancel your eye exam, or hold off on your pap smear for another year – don’t do this. Regular exams are crucial to your overall health.
There are certain tests everyone should have – a blood pressure screening, cholesterol check and eye exam, just to name a few. However, there are also certain tests specifically designed to help women spot the signs of health issues early or before they arise. Some of these tests include mammograms and pap smears.
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Don’t let your busy life get in the way of your health. Ask yourself, is it time for you to schedule one of these tests?
These are a few Medical Tests Every Woman Should Have.
Mammogram- Mammograms are x-rays of the breasts; they are used to look for signs of breast cancer in women. According to research, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends that most women begin getting mammograms at age 50, then every year after until age 74.
Eye Exam- [Related: 15 Foods That Improve Your Vision] Even if you don’t have any issues with your eyes, it’s important to schedule regular visits with your eye doctor. He or she may detect an issue that you didn’t even know you had. They may also see other signs of health related issues, such as diabetes, just by looking into your eyes.
Pap Smear- A Pap smear is a medical test for cervical cancer. It tests for the presence of cancerous cells. It is advised to begin getting Pap smears at age 21. According to Healthline, Pap tests are very accurate and regular screenings have been shown to reduce cervical cancer rates and mortality by 80 percent.
Skin Exam- Visit the doctor annually for a skin exam. He or she will examine your skin, head to toe and make note of any spots that need monitoring. They will usually closely look at your scalp, hands, face, fingers, feet, eyelids and ears. If you are concerned about other areas, don’t be shy, just ask your doctor to take a look. This exam will likely spot any concerns for skin cancer or dangerous moles.
Bone Mineral Density Screening- According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “a bone mineral density test measures how much calcium and other types of minerals are in an area of your bone.” They explain that this test will help your doctor diagnose bone loss, detect osteoporosis and help predict your risk of bone fractures.
Ovarian Cancer Test- Women should undergo a pelvic exam to test for ovarian cancer. According to cancer.org, “when ovarian cancer is found early at a localized stage, about 94% of patients live longer than 5 years after diagnosis.” The two commonly used tests for ovarian cancer are CA-125 blood test and transvaginal ultrasound.