Some people do every thing they can to avoid the doctor. However, the early health issues are diagnosed the better the outcomes are. Preventive examinations are essential to early diagnosis and staying healthy, even if you feel just fine. Most health providers and clinics provide a routine preventive program that includes standard lab tests, physical examination, some radiology tests and neurological examination. These tests should be available to anyone and performed at least annually.
However, when it comes to women, especially women in their reproductive period (ages 18 to 45), there are some specific analyzing and examinations that should be done in order to prevent some frequent diseases specific to women, sustain their reproductive and general health and prevent future health issues that might occur when reproductive period is over. Here’s list of some of these tests all women should take the form of health screening and prolong diagnostic procedures if some of these tests show bad results.
Every women age 18 to 45 (or older) should take the full gynecological examination at least once in two years, preferably annually. The complete gynecological examination should include physical examination, gynecological palpatory examination, and observation under speculum, ultrasound, PAPA smear and microbiology lab testing for potential infections. Also, a colposcopy may be performed. All of these examinations are painless and simple, but provide priceless information and insight to women’s reproductive organs’ state. They are highly useful for early detection of precancerous and cancerous conditions, infections, and many other health issues. In addition to these tests, breast ultrasound and mammography should be performed once in few years. Breast cancers are one of the most frequent diseases in women and these diagnostic methods detect them in early stages.
Women tend to suffer from anemia or high level of lipids and sugar. Thus routine blood count with measurement of sugar and lipid blood concentrations should be tested occasionally. Also, lab analyses should include checking up of kidney, liver, pancreatic and especially thyroid gland function, as well as reproductive hormones concentrations.
To put it simply, this examination should reveal if there is any suspicious condition with your internal organs. It will include heart examination (ECG, ultrasound, and auscultation), chest X-ray and spirometry to check your lungs, ultrasound of abdominal organs (especially kidneys, urinary tract due to frequent urinary infections in women, complete digestive system, and large abdominal blood vessels).
One of a frequent malignant issue in women is skin cancer, as well as various other skin issues, especially promoted by excessive application of cosmetic products. Thus, you should see your dermatologist at least once in few years and take quick and simple observation of your whole skin to make sure there are no suspicious areas or obvious health issues or risks.