Women of all ages need to go through a comprehensive health screening at least once each year to stay on top of the state of your health. These health screenings help to serve as litmus tests for follow-up screenings while providing important insights into your current health conditions and look for early warning signs for potential problems like heart disease, diabetes, and even certain types of cancer.
Women Specific Health Tests and Examinations
Because there are distinct biological differences between men and women, there are unique health concerns that women face. For this reason, your comprehensive medical exam each year should also involve mammograms for all women over the age of 40, gynaecologic evaluations for all women over the age of 50, and bone mineral density screenings for all women over the age of 50.
These tests can be instrumental for ensuring early detection of certain types of cancer, such as breast cancer, as well as abnormalities or infections of the fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix, and uterus. You can also elect to participate in HPV testing too.
Other Tests and Evaluations
Because the examinations are comprehensive, the focus may be on women’s health, but the testing deals with all aspects of health, especially when related to conditions that affect large numbers of women each year. This includes examinations, evaluations, and education about the following conditions and threats women face:
- Heart Disease
- Blood Poisoning
- Accidents and Injuries
- Kidney Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
For instance, did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States – accounting for more female deaths than cancer each year? It’s true and that is one of the many things you’ll learn about during your annual health assessment and screening.
Why Invest Your Time in a Health Assessment?
It is true that your annual health assessment and screening will take approximately five hours to complete each year. This is five hours that could potentially save your life. Women are notorious for putting everyone else’s needs before their own. That places you at increased risk for many health conditions that can be detected early, before they become life-threatening, and corrected with proper medical care and lifestyle changes. Many of these conditions offer littler advanced warning.
Not only will you learn about specific health conditions you are facing as a female, but also about how to prevent them – often with lifestyle changes, better nutrition, and exercises that help to improve balance, strengthen the body, and improve heart health. Participating in the annual health exam allows you to receive this critical education and information while also giving you the perfect opportunity to ask any health-related questions you may have. Getting answers provides peace of mind and helps you take control of your health rather than continuing to be controlled by your health.
Women today face many “silent killers.” These are the diseases that sneak in and grow while no one knows they are there. Completing your health assessment annually ensures that there isn’t a large amount of time where these conditions can continue to grow unchecked and unnoticed – greatly increasing the odds that you will be able to recover and regain control of your life and your health.
A few short hours are not too much to invest in an effort to add potential years to your life through better health, improved health education, and early detection of critical illnesses.