A Healthier You for Women
Staying healthy is more important than ever. Avni Jain, MD, a primary care doctor with Adventist Medical Group, puts women’s health in focus with these reminders about important screenings.
Talk with your doctor about your overall physical and mental health and any concerns you have. Review any preventive health screenings you may need.
Your heart is special. Ensure it’s protected with regular heart checkups that measure your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.
Stay up to date on your vaccinations. Get the flu shot every year, tetanus every five to 10 years, the shingles vaccine if you are over 50 and the pneumonia vaccine if you’re over the age of 65.
Annual Well-Woman Exam
Your well-woman exam is an important time to talk about concerns regarding your reproductive health. Your doctor will also perform a breast and gynecological exam. Cervical cancer screening begins at age 21 and occurs every three to five years, depending on your risk factors.
Breast Cancer Screening
Starting at age 40, talk with your doctor about whether it’s time to begin mammograms. They are the best screening tool for detecting breast cancer early.
Colorectal Cancer Screenings
Starting at age 45, screenings for colorectal cancer can help detect precancerous and cancerous polyps early.
Beginning at age 65, screening for osteoporosis can identify the need for treatment to prevent bone loss and potential fall-related conditions such as hip, wrist and ankle fractures.