Women’s Health: The Latest Screening Guidelines for Every Age
Ladies, when was the last time you had a mammogram, or had your blood cholesterol checked? Have you had your annual Pap test? If you have to think about the answers to these questions, it may be time to make sure you’re up to date on important health screenings.
“Now is a great time for women to make a resolution to take better care of themselves this year,” says MPCP Columbia physician, Cecily M. Agcaoili, M.D. “We know women of all ages are busy—often taking care of everyone else in the family- but skipping screening exams is not beneficial. Regular screenings help you and your MPCP team detect some diseases at their earliest stages, when they are clearly most treatable.”
Screenings are usually advised at certain ages or life stages, however, it’s important to work with your doctor to determine when you should be screened for certain health issues. “If you are at risk for specific conditions due to family history, ethnic background, or lifestyle risks, we may want you to be screened earlier, or to have more detailed screening tests that are available,” says Rosemary Ayerle, Nurse Practitioner at MPCP Bowie.
Please use this chart as a general guide for screening and vaccine recommendations for healthy women at different life stages: