Screening guidelines for women 18 to 39 years old

Elisabetta P. Fernandez

Sep. 21, 2020

Our body is amazing and always talking to us to let us know if something is out of whack. Unfortunately, many times we ignore the signs, and our body will develop symptoms that can lead to disease. So please, lovely, get to the bottom of what is bugging you. Below are some screening guidelines for women 18 to 39 years old. And if you are living in a place where you might have to wait six months to get a routine screening, know that “better later than never” can save your life.
Let’s move to the right of that Neutral Point and continue to thrive.

Blood pressure screening:
Check it every two years.

Cholesterol screening:
Start at age 45 unless you have risk factors for coronary heart disease.

Diabetes screening:
Check your blood sugar if you have a blood pressure of 130/80 mm Hg or higher, have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25, other risk factors for diabetes, a family history of diabetes, and are planning to get pregnant.

Dental exam:
Visit your dentist once or twice a year for an exam and cleaning.

Eye exam:
Get an eye exam at least every two years if you have vision problems, and once a year if you have diabetes.

Breast cancer screening:
Do a monthly breast self-exam, and as recommended by the American Cancer Society, a mammogram at age 45.

Cervical cancer screening:
Start at age 21 and continue to have a Pap test every three years.

Colon cancer screening:
The American Cancer Society recommends screening at age 45.

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