We know proper screening saves lives, especially among women. Our physicians follow the guidelines set by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which releases new recommendations as needed. There have been several changes in recent years, and most people don’t have the time to keep up with the latest updates. That’s why we work with you to determine your individual risk factors and offer appropriate screenings, including:
- Mammograms, which screen the breasts for signs of cancer. The National Cancer Institute recommends women ages 40 or older have a mammogram every 1-2 years.
- Pap smears, which test for cervical cancer. Pap smears are recommended every 1-3 years for patients who are 21-65 and have been sexually active. Ask your physician what is an appropriate screening schedule for you.
- Colon cancer screenings. Every woman should be screened for colon cancer starting at age 50, and women with a family history of colorectal cancer may need to be screened earlier.
- Depression. Your emotional health is just as important as your physical health. Women should talk to their physician about being screened if they feel sad or hopeless, have little energy or motivation and little interest in doing things they once enjoyed.
- Diabetes. Everyone should be screened for diabetes, but women should be screened especially if they are overweight or obese, have a blood pressure higher than 135/80 or have a strong family history of diabetes. Women who gave birth to babies larger than nine pounds or had diabetes during pregnancy should also be screened at least every 1-2 years.
- High blood pressure. Women should be screened for blood pressure at least once every two years.
- Cholesterol screening. This can begin as early as age 20. Women have a higher risk if they smoke, are obese, have diabetes or high blood pressure or have a history of heart disease.
As a woman, you’re probably busy taking care of everyone else in your life, but how well are you taking care of yourself? Find out what you can do to keep your heart healthy and live longer for your loved ones in our guide, "Healthy Heart, Healthy Life."
Our physicians take a holistic approach to women’s health that includes health screenings, planning for a health pregnancy and delivery and living a healthier life. Physicians specializing in women’s health include:
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