Women’s Checkup Day

This is one of those that seems to be USA only but I think we should adopt it too!

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Yearly well-woman visits are important and should include discussions of your health habits and family history, setting health goals and scheduling or receiving screenings or necessary exams.  Screening would include blood pressure, cholesterol, cervical cancer and others. Don't forget a mammogram!


I thought I would look and see what tests I should be having as a woman over 50 and this is what I found:


Hepatitis C test 
Baby Boomers are at higher risk of infection with the Hep C virus and, for that reason, the USPSTF recommends that all adults born between 1945 and 1965 be screened at least once


Colorectal cancer screening 
Current USPSTF guidelines recommend that people at average risk for colorectal cancer start screening at age 50 and stop at age 75. I am due for another one of these as it has been 10 years since my last one


Lung cancer screening 
The USPSTF now recommends screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography for adults ages 55 to 80 who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.


Hearing check 
Even though up to 40% of adults over the age of 50 have some degree of hearing loss, there are no formal recommendations for routine hearing tests from the USPSTF.


Whatever your age take a look at this web site as it has a great information sheet you can take with you to see the doctor


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