It's important for women to know about recommended health screenings.
Not sure what you should schedule beyond your basic wellness checkups that include blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes screenings? Certain other screenings are recommended for women between the ages of 18 and 39, and even others for women between the ages of 40 and 64. Here are a few of the top ones that can help keep you healthy and perhaps even prolong your life.
• Skin cancer screening. All women, and men for that matter, should see their dermatologist for an annual screening for skin cancer, the most common cancer in this country. While some skin cancers are slow growing, others progress quickly therefore early detection is crucial.
• Pap smear. A pap test, commonly part of a regular gynecological visit for women from age 21 to 65, can detect precancerous conditions. Having routine pap tests prevents cervical cancer nearly one hundred percent of the time.
• Mammogram. In an effort to find and treat breast cancer early, before it spreads, the National Cancer Institute recommends women age 40 and older have a mammogram every one to two years. A woman at an increased risk of developing the disease should talk with her doctor to determine an appropriate screening schedule.
Make an appointment with our Women's Imaging Center by calling (972) 540-4380. To learn more about important health screenings and determine a schedule of testing that's right for you, talk with your doctor. If you would like help finding someone to speak with, use our online Find a Physician service or call our Physician Referral Line at 1-855-296-6265.