Between taking care of their kids and families, working, and handling various errands, women usually have to-do lists a mile long.
When you look at your to-do list, how many of those things involve doing something for yourself? For instance, when was the last time you had your hair cut, or your nails done, or–even more importantly–a physical exam? If you can’t remember the last time you saw your doctor, it’s time to add “yearly physical,” complete with all the appropriate screenings and tests, to the very top of your to-do list. Since this is National Women’s Health Week, now is as good a time as any to put yourself–and your health–first.
What tests and screenings you have done depend on your age and overall health. But, in general, you want to ask your doctor about:
- A blood pressure check
- A blood cholesterol screening
- A gynecological exam that includes a pap smear, pelvic and breast exam, and bone density testing
- Breast cancer screening using thermography, which I strongly prefer over mammography
- Thyroid hormone testing
- Diabetes testing
- A skin exam to look for signs of skin cancer
You can also ask about colon cancer screening if you’re over 50 or if you have significant family history. And if you’re in premenopause or are experiencing signs of menopause, you can talk to your doctor about specific tests that check your female hormones, particularly your progesterone and estrogen levels.
Here’s to your continued good health!