Health Checks All Women Should Have

Early detection is essential to find warning signs of many common illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers including breast and ovarian cancer. It is thus important you have regular check-ups with your doctor (GP) to detect these signs and help to better manage your health.

Your doctor should be right for you

For optimal women’s health we should all find the right health professionals that we feel comfortable with and trust. Your health professionals should listen to your questions, address your concerns and provide clear recommendations.

Your GP can assist you with regular check-ups and relevant screening, and you should feel comfortable to have these check-ups, as they are essential to your health and wellbeing. So what is recommended for your age?

Regular Health Checks You Should Have

As a woman, it is important you visit your GP at least once every two years for regular health checks. Below is a list of what your GP may ask you to relevant to your age and are endorsed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Women in their 20’s and 30’s

Visit your GP every two years to:

  • Have a Pap Smear - All women who have ever been sexually active should start having Pap tests between the age of 18 – 20 years or 1 -2 years after first having sex. Your GP may also talk to you about chlamydia testing.
  • Check your Body Mass Index - Your BMI is a measure of your body fat based on your height and weight. Your GP may ask you about the number of portions of fruits and vegetables you eat per day and your salt and saturated fat intake.
  • Check you’ve had your HPV vaccine
  • Review your general health - including lifestyle, mental health, alcohol consumption, weight, nutrition and exercise habits.
  • Check your blood pressure
  • Check for skin cancer
  • Breast awareness and care - While mammography is not recommended for this age group of women, it is recommended that you be aware of how your breasts normally look and feel, and quickly report any new or unusual changes (such as a lump, nipple changes, nipple discharge, change in skin colour, or pain in a breast) to your GP. 

Women aged in their 40’s

Visit your GP every two years to:

  • Check your Body Mass Index - Your BMI is a measure of your body fat based on your height and weight.
  • Have a Pap Smear
  • Have a mammogram - Women 40+ are eligible for a free mammogram through Breastscreen Australia every 2 years.
  • Learn about breast self-check - It’s really important to be aware of how your breasts normally look and feel, and quickly report any new or unusual changes (such as a lump, nipple changes, nipple discharge, change in skin colour, or pain in a breast) to your GP.
  • Review your general health - including lifestyle, mental health, alcohol consumption, weight and nutrition and exercise habits.
  • Check your blood pressure
  • Check your cholesterol levels and kidney function
  • Check for skin cancer and your vitamin D levels 
  • Check for diabetes

Women aged 50 and over

Visit your GP every two years to:

  • Check your Body Mass Index
  • Have a Pap Smear and mammogram - Women aged 50 – 74 years of age will be sent an invitation/reminder for a free mammogram through Breastscreen Australia every 2 years.
  • Check your menopausal status
  • Breast self-checks – it’s really important to be aware of how your breasts normally look and feel, and quickly report any new or unusual changes (such as a lump, nipple changes, nipple discharge, change in skin colour, or pain in a breast) to your GP.
  • Have screening for bowel cancer 
  • Review your general health - including lifestyle, mental health, alcohol consumption, weight, nutrition and exercise habits.
  • Check your blood pressure
  • Check your cholesterol levels and kidney function
  • Check for skin cancer and your vitamin D levels 
  • Check for diabetes
  • Check for osteoporosis
  • Check your thyroid and liver function
  • Check for heart disease risk factors 
  • Check for osteoarthritis

Your GP can assist you with regular check-ups and relevant screening. They can also assist you with lifestyle factors such as weight management and giving up smoking. Do not hesitate to see your GP if you notice any changes in your body that are not normal for you.

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Sourced from Pink Hope in Health Facts
06 Jul 2018

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06 Jul 2018
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