Women's Health Screenings

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

By getting the right health services and screenings, women can take steps that help their chances for living a longer, healthier life. Dr. Edward Hill goes over some recommendations for health screenings for women in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Regular health exams and tests can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better.

The Department of Health and Human Services recommends these screening tests for women:

General health exam every five years, starting at age 35.

Blood pressure checks every two years and cholesterol testing starting at age 20

Bone mineral density testing by age 65

Blood glucose test at age 45 then every three years

Breast mammogram at age 40 then every one to two years

Reproductive health

o pap smear starting at age 21 then every one to three years until age 65,

o Chlamydia test yearly until at least age 25, or older with multiple sexual partners

Vision and hearing at least one exam in your twenties, two in your thirties, then every two years

Monthly self skin exam and doctor exam every three years, and

Annual fecal occult blood testing and colonoscopy every five years starting at age 50.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.