Taking care of yourself is easier than you think!
Women have special health needs that change with age. One of the best ways you can take care of yourself is by getting the checkups and screenings that are right for you at every stage of life. Not only does getting the right care keep you healthy, but certain screenings could also save your life.
Screening test and care checklist
When you need these tests and screenings may vary by your age or whether someone in your family has or had that illness. You can know for sure which tests are right for you by talking to your health care provider. Ask about:
- A mammogram to screen for breast cancer
- Pap tests to check for cervical cancer
- A yearly well-care checkup
- Chlamydia screenings
When do I need these tests?
- Mammograms are x-rays of the breast. Most women should have their first mammogram between ages 35 and 40. Ask your doctor how often you need a mammogram after age 40, based on your health and family history.
- Pap tests can find changes in cells that may point to other issues. Women between ages 21 and 65 need regular Pap tests.
- Chlamydia is a serious illness that often has no symptoms. That’s why all women younger than 25 who are sexually active should be tested for chlamydia every year.
Talk to your health care provider. Together, you decide what tests and care you need to be at your best health.
Source (s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - http://www.cdc.gov/std/chlamydia/default.htm; http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/basic_info/mammograms.htm; http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/basic_info/screening.htm; http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/hpv/default.htm
Mayo Clinic - https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/bone-density-test/about/pac-20385273