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Women's health month: Tests & screenings

In addition to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, did you know that October is also Women's Health Month? It's an ideal time for women to put themselves first and make time for their health and wellness. This includes scheduling preventive tests and health screenings that can minimize the risk of certain diseases — and even spot illnesses before symptoms appear. 

Latest mammography trends

Mammograms are generally recommended every other year starting at age 40.1 However women with certain risk factors like family history may require more frequent screenings. Some providers now offer imaging options such as the Genius™ 3D mammogram, which takes multiple images to recreate a 3-D picture. The clearer image may also make it easier for doctors to detect breast cancer and reduce the chances of a false positive.

An ounce of prevention — recommended health screenings for women

In addition to mammograms, other health screenings can help identify certain diseases in the early stages when they're easier to treat.2 Ask your doctor if any screenings, such as the ones below, should be part of your routine wellness exam. Also ask about any other tests that may be recommended based on personal factors like age, family history and your own health history.

  • Cervical cancer screening can detect the disease early on and increase the chance of recovery   
  • Osteoporosis screening measures bone strength, can detect the disease before breaks happen and can even predict the risk of future breaks
  • Blood pressure screening can identify high blood pressure, a condition that can lead to heart disease and strokes
  • Cholesterol screening can identify plaque in your arteries, another condition that can lead to heart disease
  • Diabetes screening involves fasting for about eight hours to test your blood sugar level for diabetes or even prediabetes

Women's Health Month was created to encourage women to be proactive about their health and wellness. Talk to your doctor about any changes to your body and ask about recommended screenings to keep you healthy and feeling your best.

Reconstruction Surgery - Understand Your Options

Reconstruction surgery after breast cancer treatment may help improve the physical and emotional healing process. Learn more about different types of reconstruction surgery procedures available to you, including what to expect before and after your surgery. And discuss your options with your doctor who can help you make the right decision for you. 

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Sources:
1 "American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Screening Guideline," American Cancer Society, revised July 7, 2017, https://www.cancer.org/latest-news/special-coverage/american-cancer-society-breast-cancer-screening-guidelines.html, accessed on July 17, 2017  
2 "Regular Check-Ups Are Important," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, updated August 2, 2017, https://www.cdc.gov/family/checkup/index.htm, accessed on Sept 1, 2017
"Slide Show: Screening Tests Every Woman Needs," WebMD, reviewed on Sept 15, 2015,
http://www.webmd.com/women/ss/slideshow-screening-tests-women, accessed on June 22, 2017  
"Breast Reconstruction: Know Your Post-Mastectomy Options," American Society of Plastic Surgeons,
https://www.plasticsurgery.org/reconstructive-procedures/breast-reconstruction, accessed on June 24, 2017
"What You Should Know About 3-D Mammography," MDAnderson.org, posted October 2015,  https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/focused-on-health/october-2015/FOH-3D-mammography.html, accessed Sept 1, 2017

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