Tuesday’s Tip: Regular health checks women should know about

 

 

Regular health checks for women

 

This week my Tuesday’s Tip is to list some regular health checks and screening that you really should know about – especially once you reach midlife.

I recently had to have some tests and it reminded me of a post I wrote last year, listing 12 health checks that every woman over 40 should have.

I have a family history of breast, lung and bowel cancer plus heart disease so I am very aware of extra screening I need to keep check on these areas.  That means, regular mammograms, colonoscopy and stress tests.

As this is my month of Health & Wellness I thought it was appropriate to list the 12 health checks again and hopefully this post will prompt you to make your health a priority.

Tuesday’s Tip: Try to organise all health checks and medical screening around the same month so it is easier to remember.

To assist you I’ve included a FREE Check List here that you can download and keep as a reference guide and reminder.

Regular Health Checks for Women

1. General Checkup

A visit to your GP at least annually should include a general check up include having your blood pressure checked, Blood tests to check your cholestorol levels, sugar levels (for Type 2 Diabetes), hormone levels.

2. Mammogram

Self checks are a must to notice any changes early, however a mammogram every two years after we turn 40 or annually if you have a family history or previous diagnosis, should be at the top of your list.

3. Skin Cancers

The Cancer Council of Australia suggests that 1 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they reach 70. Regular skin checks for changes in moles, freckles and spots may help to identify any changes that might appear to be skin cancer and the outcome can be better if caught early.

4. Pap Smear

We should be having a Pap Smear every two years to check for Cervical cancer. For some the test is not pleasant but the alternative is worse. Read more about this screening here

5. Bone Density

As we age Osteporosis or low bone density is a risk especially after the age of 50. Weight training can help but how often do you hear of older people falling and breaking their hip? A Bone Density scan can detect any signs of Osteoporisis. Read more about what is involved with a Bone Density Scan here

6. Diabetes Screening

Diabetes Australia suggests that “Diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century and the biggest challenge confronting Australia’s health system. Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.2 million known and registered) as well as silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated).”

7. Bowel Cancer Screening

I have regular screening for bowel cancer as my father suffered from this disease. Some tests can be done at home. A more comprehensive screening with a colonoscopy every one or two years from the age of 50 will show any changes or the presence of polyps or other signs of bowel cancer. Read more about bowel cancer screening here.

8. Eyes

Not seeing the small print as clearly? A yearly eye examination will not only check your vision but also for signs of cataracts and glaucoma. Read more on looking after the health of your eyes here

9. Dental

At least an annual check up or twice a year visit to the Dentist will keep your beautiful smile and also check for cavities, gum disease or general degeneration of teeth.

10. Hearing

What did you say? Yes unfortunately, as we get older our hearing can be affected and I don’t mean the ‘SELECTIVE HEARING’ that we are sometime accused of having! Fortunately, most of us aren’t affected but for those over 65 an annual check up is advised.

11. Exercise Stress Test

If you have developed shortness of breath or chest pain an Exercise Stress test can show how well your heart performs under stress while exercising. If you don’t have chest pain but experience shortness of breath, your Doctor may recommend a Stress Test especially if there is a history of heart disease in the family. Read more about Exercise Sress Tests here.

12. Mental Health

Before you say there is nothing wrong with my mental health read what I have to say. We are all busy and sometimes our mental health needs a little TLC. That means finding some BALANCE in your life and taking time out to relax your mind, body and soul.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or even feel that you may be depressed, don’t feel self-conscious but rather feel confident to make an appointment with your GP to see if you are just feeling down or if you need some more specialised assistance.

So print off the FREE HEALTH CHECKLIST and start making those appointments today! Your life may depend on it!

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Have I missed any? What regular health checks do you have?

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34 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Tip: Regular health checks women should know about

  1. Donna

    Thanks for these great reminders, Sue. As you say, although some of these tests may seem inconvenient or unpleasant….the alternatives can be much worse.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      So true Donna. I have family history of cancer and heart disease so I am painfully aware of what it can do to loved ones. That is the push I need to keep my check ups regular. Have a great week and I’m sure you are counting down to Camino!

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  2. Leslie Clingan

    Woke up thinking I need a mammogram. Thank you for reminding me again with this post. Also need a skin check but dread hearing what they say. Although, the alternative is more dreadful.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      My mum passed from breast cancer, Leslie so I’m very mindful of my mammogram. My Dad died from bowel cancer and my brother from liver cancer so I take all of my test very seriously. Please do the skin check! Have a lovely week and don’t forget to make your appointments!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      No but the alternative isn’t great Carol. My Dad died from bowel cancer 36 years ago so I have regular colonscopies. I love the feeling when I wake up it seems like I’ve had such a long, deep sleep. Good luck with the test!

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  3. Jodie filogomo

    What a great way to keep track of these, Sue!!
    I’m definitely printing the list! (but my marketing brain says you should add your blog name on it too!!–just a thought)
    XOXO

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Well done you, Shirley! 20 years is so good and I know it must always be in the back of your mind but keep positive, I think that really helps. xx

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  4. Dianna

    Excellent reminder, Sue! I especially like the comment about scheduling them all around the same time. I work for a school and have summers off. I do all my tests in June. That way I don’t miss work and I am done until the next June. I recently had my first colonoscopy and it wasn’t bad at all. I slept the whole time and don’t remember a thing. The best thing, my husband took the day off and took care of me the rest of the day. We just hung out and watched movies.

    Go get checked out Ladies!!!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Dianna, I don’t mind having my colonoscopy either. I always wake from it feeling so relaxed and as if I’ve had the best sleep ever. Nice that hubby looks after you too! Have a great weekend. xx

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  5. Clearissa Coward

    This is awesome information. It amazes me how often the medical community changes the process for women. Have a mam at 40, wait until you are 50. It just keeps changing. This information is a way to make personal decisions.

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  6. Jean | DelightfulRepast.com

    Sue, thanks for the reminders. My husband is in the sun all the time and goes for annual skin checks. I went two years in a row, and the nurse practitioner (looking at my skin so pale it looks like I live underground!) told me someone who avoids the sun as well as I do can just come in every five years! 😀 I think I probably could loosen up a little bit and get a *few* minutes of sun!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh yes Jean we do need sunshine and that doesn’t necessarily mean sitting out there for hours. We only need about 15 minutes to get the Vitamin D that we need. Have a beautiful weekend and try to enjoy some sunshine 🙂

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  7. Jan Wild

    An important list Sue, thanks for putting it together. Just wondering if you checked the links to the various resources as I am not seeing hyperlinks when I mouse over them x

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