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As a busy businesswoman, it’s easy to forget to tend to your health. In addition to eating right and getting enough exercise, regular women’s health check-up is an absolute must. Pick up tips for making the most of your medical check-ups and for prioritizing them below.

 

1. The Importance of Medical Checkups

If you own a car, you probably take care to bring it in for oil changes and other types of routine maintenance. By doing so, you are protecting your investment and ensuring that it runs properly for as long as possible. The same rules apply when it comes to caring for your body.

Regular women’s checkups help you detect potential health issues before they spiral out of control, allowing you to live a longer, healthier life. The frequency at which women should undergo routine checkups varies depending on age, overall health, family medical history and lifestyle choices regarding smoking, diet, exercise and the like.

By undergoing regular wellness exams and checkups, you can more easily keep up with them.

 

2. Key Tests and Screenings for Women by Age

Refer to this handy chart for information about when various tests and screenings should be performed, according to the Office on Women’s Health, US Department of Health and Human Services and other leading medical institutions:

 

Test30s40s50s60s
Blood Pressure TestEvery 2 years if normal.
Talk to your doctor if 140/90 or higher
Every 2 years if normal.
Talk to your doctor if 140/90 or higher
Every 2 years if normal.
Talk to your doctor if 140/90 or higher
Every 2 years if normal.
Talk to your doctor if 140/90 or higher
Skin Cancer ScreeningOnce per yearOnce per yearOnce per yearOnce per year
Pelvic Exam and Pap test/Cervical Cancer ScreeningPap test and HPV screening every 5 years, if still have cervixPap test and HPV screening every 5 years, if still have cervixPap test and HPV screening every 5 years, if still have cervixAsk your doctor
Cholesterol TestEvery 5 years but more frequently if your are at increased riskEvery 5 years but more frequently if your are at increased riskEvery 5 years but more frequently if your are at increased riskEvery 5 years but more frequently if your are at increased risk
Breast TestAnnuallyAnnuallyAnnuallyAnnually
Mammogram-Breast Cancer ScreeningMay be recommended if family history of breast cancerAnnually.
Breast and ovarian cancer are the number 1 cancer in women ages 40 to 50
Every 2 yearsEvery 2 years
Blood sugar ScreeningEvery 5 years or annually it overweight.
18% of women aged 30 and over have type 2 diabetes
Every 5 years or annually if overweightEvery 3 years if overweight or at increased riskEvery 3 years if overweight or at increased risk
Ovarian Cancer ScreeningEvery 3 years if post-menopausal or at increased risk.
Breast and ovarian cancer are the number 1 cancer in women ages 40 to 50
Every 3 yearsEvery 3 years
Osteoporosis Screening - Bone Mineral Density TestEvery 3 years if 127 pounds of density or lessEvery 3 years.
50% of women aged 50 and older break bones due to osteoporosis
Every 2 to 3 years.
1 in 2 women aged 60 or plus fracture a bone due to osteoporosis
Colorectal CancerEvery 2 years.
Colon cancer is the 2nd most deadly cancer among women aged 50 or plus
Colonoscopy every 5 years.
Fecal occult blood testing every 3 years.
Most colon cancer cases occur in women aged 60 and over

 

3. How To Master Your Health Checkup Routine

Busy working women often put their own health on the back burner. A few tips for ensuring that you get the most out of your health checkups include:

– Find a good doctor whom you trust

– Stick with the same doctor to develop an ongoing relationship

– Prepare for checkups by reviewing your family health history and by preparing questions for your doctor

– Review the above chart prior to your appointment to keep up with recommended tests and screenings

– Schedule your next medical checkup before leaving the office

– Store medical results in a safe, secure place like the Evernote app or somewhere in the cloud

 

What are your personal experiences with women’s health check-up?

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