Don’t wait till it’s too late...


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Don’t wait till it’s too late...

Regular gynaec check-ups not only make sure that you're in good health but also helps you understand your body better apart from clearing all doubts and fears that you may have.

Many women face serious reproductive health issues such as cervical cancer due to late diagnosis or lack of the same. It is essential that women undergo regular check-ups so that diseases can be diagnosed before they develop into serious, irreversible disorders.

In your 20s
Complete physical
Get your first when you're 21, then once every five years until age 40, when you should start getting a yearly physical. Get checks on your blood sugar, cholesterol, thyroid function, liver/kidney function, vitamin B12 and vitamin D.

Pap test
This test can spot the earliest signs of cervical cancer, when the chance of curing it is very high. Get the Pap test at your yearly gyno exam, starting at age 21. At age 30, if you've had three consecutive normal results, you may only need a Pap every three years until age 65.

STD tests
If left untreated, some of these can lead to infertility. Get tested annually for HIV, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea when you become sexually active.

Skin check
Melanoma is the leading cause of cancer death for women ages 25-29. The incidence among young women has increased by 50 percent over the last 30 years (largely due to the use of tanning beds). See a dermatologist annually if you have a family history of skin cancer, or semi-annually if you have actually had the disease.

In your 30s
HPV test
HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer and most sexually active women get the infection at some point. Beginning around age 30, women become more prone to infection because immune systems are less robust. Get the test at age 30 and then with your Pap test every three years if results are normal.

Blood sugar test
Anything above normal should be checked out, so the doctor can intervene before it becomes full-blown diabetes. Get tested every three years until you turn 50, when you should be tested annually (the risk of diabetes increases significantly with age).

In your 40s
Cholesterol test
Start getting physicals annually at 40, and include this test particularly if you smoke or have high blood pressure, diabetes or family history of heart disease.

In your 50s
The overall risk of getting breast cancer increases with age - between ages 50 and 59, one in 42 women are likely to develop it. This number climbs to one in every 29 for women aged 60 to 69. Early detection and treatment help prevent the spread of the disease and boost your odds of recovery. Get one every two years.

Go in for the procedure at 50, then every 10 years to screen for colorectal cancer. People 50 and over, run the highest risk of developing the disease, but studies show that people who get a colonoscopy every 10 years have better outcomes if they do develop cancer.

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