Medical Tests for Women in their 50s

You gain not only wisdom, with advanced age, but also the requirement of a whole new load of medical tests. This is not something women in their 50s should take lightly. Although 50 is the new 40, getting these medical tests may help you be independent for longer.

Breast Scan and Mammogram – This is essential for women over 50. The risk of breast cancer increases with menopause. Therefore, getting regular breast screenings and a mammogram once a year, or once in two years, may prevent the spread of breast cancer. Remember timely detection can save your life.

Colonoscopy – Once you pass your 50th birthday, you need to schedule a colonoscopy screening. Do not wait. A first screening is always recommended for women once they reach the age of 50. Barring any complications, such as, polyps, you will have to do another colonoscopy in 10 years. If there are polyps, your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy every three years.

Heart Health Check – Getting a heart health check is essential to detect any heart disease, especially if you have a family history of heart disease. In addition, your risk may also increase if your waist circumference is more than 35 inches. While you’re at it, get a C – reactive protein test too. This also detects any silent heart disease risks.

Bone Density Test – This test is recommended for all women and especially over 50 women who were or are smokers, have been taking steroid medications or are extremely thin. Women with a family history of osteoporosis should also consider a bone density test.

Vaccines – All women born between 1945 and 1965 are recommended to have a hepatitis C test. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a majority of baby boomers were born with this virus. In addition to this, find out if you need any vaccines updated too.

Pelvic Exam and Pap Smear – Combining a Pap smear test along with human pappilomavirus (HPV) test can delay cervical cancer screenings by three to five years.

Other tests include getting your flu shots, getting your eyes examined regularly, blood sugar and blood pressure tests and weight tests.

The only way you can live an independent life is to stay healthy for as long as possible. Getting these tests done will help you achieve your target.

This article is by ActiveAdultLiving.com®, the informative retirement communities website that cares about you and your health.

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