Health checkups every woman should know and have, Lifestyle News

In a rapidly changing world, where women are often caught between career opportunities and family obligations, self-care is often reduced to scented candles and face masks. But honestly, if you’re serious about treating your body like a temple, you need to add your annual health checkups, dental appointments, and eye exams to your to-do list.

You do not know where to start ? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Pap smears and HPV vaccines

Cervical cancer is the tenth most common female cancer in Singapore, and each year more than 200 women are diagnosed with it. The good news? This cancer is highly preventable with active screening, such as pap smears and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing, as well as HPV vaccines. Usually painless, doctors during these tests will scrape cells from the surface of the cervix for a vaginal examination. The preventive HPV vaccine is given in three doses spread over a period of six months. In Singapore, sexually active women between the ages of 21 and 69 are recommended to undergo regular screening every 3 to 5 years.

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Tests

With often undetected symptoms, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) also top our list. Sexually active women, especially those with multiple partners, are advised to get screened annually for gonorrhea and chlamydia. Additionally, depending on your lifestyle and medical history, your doctor may also advise you to be tested for other diseases such as syphilis and HIV, as well as other infections.

High blood pressure

Although not directly sex-related, high blood pressure is often common in women, (not) thanks to bodily changes like pregnancy, contraceptive ingestion, and menopause. These can all increase the risk of developing high blood pressure. Left untreated, the disease can harbor a mountain of health problems such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, atherosclerosis, dementia, etc. Therefore, it’s probably a good idea to have your blood pressure checked at least once a year.

Breast exams and mammography

A breast self-exam goes a long way in detecting and preventing breast cancer before it spreads. To get an idea of ​​what to look for, doctors suggest having a clinical breast exam, so your doctor can explain how to examine you at home. Once women hit the 40-year mark, it is also strongly advised to have a full mammogram. However, if breast cancer is apparent in your genetic heredity, your doctor may recommend that you start your breast screenings earlier.

Colorectal cancer screening

As the most common cancer in men and the second most common cancer in women in Singapore, colorectal cancer is definitely not something to be taken lightly. This cancer affects the colon (the main part of the large intestine) and the rectum. Health tests for colorectal cancer include the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) and colonoscopy, which can help identify and rule out precancerous polyps or early cancers. This screening is generally recommended for people aged 50 and over, and to be carried out annually on them.

Bone mineral density (BMD) tests

With an aging population, osteoporosis is not only becoming a problem in Singapore, but also in the rest of Asia. The condition is known to cause thinning and weakening of bones which can often lead to hip, spine and wrist fractures. This is addressed with a bone mineral density analysis, which uses an X-ray to measure bone mass, calcium, and minerals in a segment of bone. This test is recommended for women over 50, in menopause or whose ovaries have been removed, and if you are breastfeeding.

Self-checks

It is understandable that it is not always possible to go to health screenings and medical consultations. The best solution is therefore to take care of yourself, to have an active life and to pay attention to your bodily needs. This includes having your skin examined, looking for vaginal discharge, and going to a dermatologist or doctor when you see anything out of the ordinary.

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