Women's Health – Recommended Routine Check-Up
It is common knowledge that maintaining your health is the most important thing, but most women tend to get lost in the sea of various examinations, medical terms and procedures thrown in their direction. We have decided to organize it for you, so you will be aware of the recommended tests in every age: from your 20’s to 30’s to 40’s and from the age of 65.
It’s no secret that a healthy diet and regular physical exercise are the ground stones of good health. But getting tested on regular basis is also a crucial part of staying healthy, and identify those early warning signs, which may develop into major medical issues. But where to start, how often to get testes and which tests can you skip?
Modern medicine allows us to better handle illnesses that were incurable and fatal in the past, and today are only considered chronic, but early detection through regular check-ups is the key to discover these illnesses before they create irreparable damage.
It’s important to remember that with time, our medical risks and needs change, therefore our routine check-up should adjust to each age’s needs. The routine tests we had during our 30’s is not necessarily sufficient when we’re in our 60’s. We’ve assorted the recommended tests and vaccinations based on age group, for your comfort. However, bear in mind that consulting your treating physician regarding the tests suited to your needs is always the best idea.
Women Between the Ages of 20-35
You are never too young to be caring about your health. Even though at a younger age, the chance of developing chronic illnesses is significantly lower, an early detection can still save your life.
- Comprehensive blood and urine tests for general health monitoring. Discovering iron or vitamin deficit and assessing the chances of developing Atherosclerosis, heart diseases or diabetes. Recommended frequency: as required by your doctor, when needed, at least once every two years.
- Blood pressure and EKG once every two-three years, for early detection of heart diseases risks.
- Fecal occult blood test once every five years to detect ulcers, wounds and benign or malignant tumors in the digestive system.
- Eye and vision test once in three-five years.
- Mole examination to detect skin tumors and prevent skin cancer once every five years.
- Breast examination for early detection of tumors once in three-five years.
- Pap test for early detection of cervical cancer once in three years.
Other recommended procedures:
- Check the status of both Rubella and Chicken Pox vaccinations. These diseases are dangerous to women at a childbearing age, since they can cause birth defects if a woman is effected during her pregnancy.
- Genetically tests to identify affiliation with a high-risk group for several cancer types.
Women Between the Ages of 35-45
Juggling your career, house, family, children and personal life, this is the time to pay a very close attention to your health, continue monitoring your condition and take all means necessary and available to prevent illnesses or detect them early on.
The same routine tests of the younger age group are still recommended, but more frequently:
- Blood and urine tests, blood pressure and EKG, weight and height tests once a year.
- Fecal occult blood test and breast examination every three years.
- Eye and vision test every two-three years.
- Pap test every three years.
- Mole examination every five years.
Other required procedures:
- Colonoscopy, a thorough test designed to detect benign or malignant tumors in the large intestine, once every five years.
- Vaginal ultrasound and CA-125 marker to detect cancerous processes every five years.
- Mammography once in two-three years.
- Lung function test every five years.
Women Between the Ages of 45-60
As you get older, the risk of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases and cancer is significantly higher. Routine tests help discover any illness and an early stage and potentially save lives.
The same routine tests at the same frequency, as for the younger age group are recommended, only there is no longer a need for Pap test.
Women Between the Ages of 60-65
Keep the same routine check-up, but take the fecal occult blood test every year. Bone density should also be examined once in two-three years.
Women Who Are 65 and Older
We all get older, and age is a risk factor of its own. It is important to be prepared for different scenarios when receiving test results. The same routine check-up, including bone density test, should be performed once every two years. Additionally, eye and sight test should be conducted every year, and a colonoscopy once in two-three years.
Other tests recommended for women who are 65 and older:
- Daily function assessment through ADL questionnaire once in five years.
- Cognitive analysis in a memory clinic once in five years.
- Medication adjustment every year to make sure you are getting the right dosage and diminish the risks of side effects.