General Health Screenings And Immunization Recommendations For Women
Many people only go to the doctor when they are sick or injured, but every healthy adult should still see their healthcare professional at least yearly. Many organizations recommend regular preventive exams and screenings, including the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. You should speak with your doctor about the screenings you should receive, but here are some of the most commonly recommended for women.
There are some yearly health screenings that are considered “general” and should be done regularly. Here’s a little info you should know about some of them, though there are others you may need depending upon your current health, lifestyle, and family history.
Well-woman visits: These are good for screening for cervical cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and lab work. Speak with your doctor about your lifestyle habits and vaccinations at every well-woman visit.
Thyroid screening: Most healthy adults do not have to get yearly thyroid testing, but it is recommended for those 40 years and older. If you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant, it is a good idea to get tested for hypothyroidism.
Diabetes: Getting tested for diabetes, even if you aren’t sure you have symptoms, can help you identify high blood sugar levels. That means that you could detect diabetes earlier. It is typically recommended that adults get tested every three years starting at age 45. If you have any of the following risk factors, you can and should get tested at any age.
Breast health: This is one of the most important types of women’s healthcare that you should receive.
As stated above, you should speak with your doctor to find out which services are right for you. This includes immunizations. Here are some of the most typical immunizations you may encounter.
It is recommended by the CDC that pregnant women get two immunizations. These are the flu shot and Tdap. For the flu shot, you can get it at any time while pregnant. The best time to get the Tdap vaccine is between 28 and 36 weeks.
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