While women are traditionally more proactive in safeguarding their own health than men, many women still fail to get the type of medical attention and scrutiny that will serve them best when it comes to maintaining quality of life and outstanding health. Yearly health checkups can be instrumental in early detection of a variety of silent and not-so-silent killers of women.
Top Women’s Health Concerns
Women have many health concerns to consider each and every day. For most of these conditions, prevention is the best cure, but early detection can help to maintain quality of life well into many illnesses that are common to women. Among the biggest threats or risks women face for health are the following:
- Accidents and Injuries
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Blood Poisoning
- Heart Disease
- Influenza and Pneumonia
- Kidney Disease
One thing that surprises many women is that heart disease, not cancer, is the number one killer of women annually, accounting for more deaths in the United States than cancer – in all its many forms.
The Purposes of a Comprehensive Health Screening for Women
While it is always important to know the state of your health, a comprehensive health visit is about so much more than identifying potential problems and putting out health fires that are burning out of control in your body. They are also about educating you about the current state of your health, where it will go if left to its own devices, and what changes you can make to bring out dramatic health improvements now and down the road.
It seems like a tall order for a comprehensive medical exam, but the fact remains that these examinations identify and educate about real health risks women are taking, health threats women are facing, and the things women can do to improve their health for better quality of life today and in the future.
Expect your physician to order several different screening tests for conditions you expect, like heart disease and diabetes but also for some of the conditions and illnesses that may not be entering your thoughts at all. This includes things like mammograms and breast ultrasounds to look for signs and symptoms of breast cancer – with the understanding that early detection offers the greatest odds of survival. You may also be asked to have a gynecologic evaluation to determine the state of health of your reproductive system. Women over the age of 50 may also be given a trans vaginal ultrasound to screen for cancer, infections, and other abnormalities as they may appear in the cervix, ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes.
Finally, women over the age of 50 are particularly susceptible to the loss of bone and mineral density known as osteoporosis. Your physician may order a bone density screening and prescribe a specific course of action, including fitness exercises and supplements, to help strengthen your bones. This will help to decrease your risks of fractures as you age.
For all women, it is quite possible that balance-building exercises, muscle strengthening fitness, and nutritional meal planning and dietary changes may be the prescribed course of action to help you maintain your ideal health now and as you grow older. An annual comprehensive health screening can help you with all these things in more. In a few short hours, you can build a healthier, happier relationship with your own body and your personal role in shaping your own destiny.