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Our bodies are an extremely fragile thing that really needs care and attention in order to function properly. Unfortunately there are so many diseases and sicknesses out there these days that we need to keep our body healthy and happy to avoid these sicknesses. There are a lot of risks that come with being a woman and we need to perform the proper testings in order to ensure that our bodies are healthy, and if you are to unfortunately be diagnosed it will hopefully be early enough to cure that disease. Today I am going to be sharing with you the proper testings for women and what ages that we should begin getting these tests done.
Why am I sharing this? I have had three special ladies in my family die from something that was preventable — if it had been caught early enough. If you don’t want to do any of these for yourself, just look at your family…they would miss you if something severe took you away from them.
In your 20’s:
-HPV (Human Papillomavirus): HPV is a disease that is commonly contracted through sexual interaction and it is a very dangerous disease that can actually lead to cervical cancer in women. You should start testing this once a year by receiving a pap smear from your gynecologist as soon as you become sexually active.
-Skin Testing: Skin testing is something that you can look for on your own. If you notice any spots, or unusual textures and coloring on your skin you should definitely get that checked out! Younger people are highly at risk for this because of tanning purposes and being outside commonly.
-Breast Cancer: It is never too early to test for breast cancer, especially if you have a history of breast cancer in your family. You can do this by feeling around your breasts, you should do this once a month. If you are to find any sort of unusual lump or unusual feeling, get it checked out right away! Better safe than sorry!
-Cholesterol: Having high cholesterol is a big risk for your health and you should begin testing it at the age of 20! This is a test that you really only need to have done about every 5 years, but definitely be sure to have it checked.
In your 30’s:
-Cervical Cancer: Cervical Cancer is the most common in women between the ages of 30-40. I would highly recommend being tested and checked out for these risk once a year to ensure the health of your body.
-Breast Cancer: The older you get, the higher your risk of breast cancer is, be sure to continue to check your breast once a month throughout your 30’s as well.
In your 40’s:
-Heart Disease: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40-50. This is something that should be checked often and taken very seriously. Be sure to have your heart checked with a yearly check up.
-Ovarian Cancer: Ovarian Cancer is most common after the age of 40 in women. This is something that you should be tested for at least once every three years as the risks are high for this age group.
-Breast Cancer: Once again, you will want to continually check your breasts for any abnormalities as you get older. However, in your 40’s is when you should begin to get an annual mammogram in addition to testing your breasts on your own.
In your 50’s:
-Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to become really weak and it is a higher risk beginning in your 50’s. It is so important to get this tested every once in a while because if you develop this a simple fall could cause a bone to break.
-Colon Cancer: Colon Cancer is one of the most common cancers in women in their 50’s. You should be getting tested for this once you hit your 50’s every 5 years.
-Heart Disease: As you get older, heart disease becomes mores serious and a bigger risk in women. Continue to get tested even as you get older.
In your 60’s:
-Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is an even bigger issue as you get older, statistics show that 1 in 2 women over the age of 60 suffer from osteoporosis.
-Heart Disease: Heart Disease is the number killer of women that are in their 60’s, it is absolutely necessary to take very careful precautions when it comes to testing for heart disease.
70’s and Over:
–Being over the age of 70 comes with a lot of risks and precautionary measures. I would just really recommend watching your diet and scheduling the proper testings that you need. Women over the age of 70 should be testing for heart disease, colon cancer, osteoporosis, and breast cancer in particular.
It is so important to stay on top of your testings and take the proper precautions to remain healthy and the best person that you can be! Wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry? So take the time to schedule your testings!