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15 May

National Women's Health Week

National Women's Health Week

What Steps Can I Take to Improve My Overall Health?

  • Visit your doctor for a well-woman visit and get preventive screenings.
  • Exercise!
  • Eat healthy.
  • Take care of your mental health- get enough sleep and manage your stress.
  • Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and consuming alcohol.

 

Screening Tests Based on Age

Screening Test

Ages 18-39

Ages 40-49

Ages 50-64

Ages 65 and older

Blood Pressure

-Get tested at least every 2 years if you have normal blood pressure (lower than 120/80).

-Get tested once a year if you have blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89.

-Discuss treatment with your doctor or nurse if you have blood pressure 140/90 or higher.

Osteoporosis

 

 

Discuss with your doctor or nurse if you are at risk of osteoporosis.

 

Get this test at least once at age 65 or older.

 

Breast cancer

(mammogram)

Complete self checks monthly

Complete self checks monthly

-Complete self-checks monthly

-Get screened every 2 years through 74 years.

-Age 75 and older, ask your doctor or nurse if you need to be screened.

Cervical cancer (pap test)

-Get a Pap test every 3 years if you are 21 or older and have a cervix.

-If you are 30 or older, you can get a Pap test and HPV test together every 5 years.

**The HPV vaccine is recommended in women aged 11-26.**

Get a Pap test and HPV test together every 5 years if you have a cervix.

 

Ask your doctor or nurse if you need to get a Pap test.

Chlamydia/

Gonorrhea

Get tested for yearly through age 24 if you are sexually active or pregnant.

 

Get tested if you are sexually active and at increased risk.

Cholesterol

-Starting at age 20, get a cholesterol test regularly if you are at increased risk for heart disease.

-Ask your doctor or nurse how often you need your cholesterol tested.

Colorectal

 

 

Starting at age 50, get screened for colorectal cancer through age 75.

HIV

Get tested for HIV at least once.

Syphilis

Get tested for syphilis if you are at increased risk or pregnant.

 

 

The best way to get ahold of your health today is to exercise, eat healthy and, get screened!

Talk to your doctor today to see if you are up-to-date on screening and vaccinations based on your age.

Visit www.womenshealth.gov  for more information.