Preventative screening for women health care issues can be a matter of life or death. The different types of screenings that should be done on a regular basis to help keep you healthy are: Breast cancer, Cervical Cancer, Genetic, Sexually transmitted disease, and osteoporosis.
Breast Cancer Screenings
An annual mammogram is recommended for all women when they reach the age of 45 to the age of 54. This preventative screening is covered by all health insurance. After that age every two years is the recommendation for you.
Women’s health Self Breast Examination SBE is taught to teen and young adults. Mammograms for this age are not recommended unless a physical breast exam shows that a lump or pain in the breast region is present. Family medical history can also be and indicator for the need of an early age mammogram.
Pap smear screening for should start at the ages of 21. However it is recommended that girls first see a gynecologist at the age of 11-12 years old. Information, prevention and treatment for female issues help with identifying any problems that a young girl may encounter as she grows into a young woman. Other cervical cancer issues for young girls are the HPV virus that can cause cervical cancer. The vaccine for the HPV virus is available at the age of 9.
Typically women health care genetic testing is done only if cancer predispositions exist. The risk assessment usually includes the hereditary factor, if a family member has the gene, if you have had breast, colon or uterine cancer diagnosis before the age of 50, ovarian cancer at any age, or two or more of your family members having the same cancer diagnosis. These precursors would justify genetic testing, although some women are choosing to have genetic testing done for their own peace of mind.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Women’s health includes testing for all sexually transmitted diseases especially if you are sexually active. Early detection and treatment for STD and HIV is essential for your overall health and well-being. As with early education about STDs, (information, education and treatment) it is recommended that you should have an HIV test as early as the age of 13.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women 65 and older have an osteoporosis screening to detect loss of bone density. Loss of bone density is a progressive disease that with treatment your risk for fractured bones is lowered. Bone density is the silent disease because unless you are screened for osteoporosis chances are you are unaware of your condition. Menopause causes the loss of estrogen that aids in healthy bone growth. That is why the women’s health care screenings begin at a later age. Many “health fairs” that local hospitals or nursing homes sponsor offer bone density screenings for free.
Women’s health care screenings are a key part to healthy living. Early detection or identifying potential health issues with screenings can help your prognosis.