See your Primary Care Physician (PCP) for regular check-ups and help herald problems that can be identified during regular check-ups. Importance of regular check ups, resources for kids, youth & parents need to be equally emphasized. Contact your PCP and discuss screening and immunization schedules that you may be up for. See the screening schedule below for cervical, Breast and colon cancers. Preventative measures also include pediatric and adult immunizations, alcohol, smoking and other addictions avoidance. In addition to your annual physical exam, also discuss ways to risk stratify for cardiovascular disease since it is the primary cause of death and disability for women.
This is a general compilation of several guidelines by different task forces. Recommendations may vary from one organization to another. Individual criteria also vary depending on risk factors, family history etc. Discuss your frequency and risk stratification with your PCP. View various guidelines here
|Indication (Age)||Screening Test||Frequency|
|18 (or when sexually active) -74 years||Pap Smear (Abnormal Cervical Cells, inflammation)||1-3 years ; after 3 or more normal tests frequency may change.|
|(40) 50-69 years||Mammogram (Breast Cancer)||Every 1 to 2 years starting at age 40, yearly after age 50|
|50-69 years||Breast Exam (Breast Cancer)||Annual|
|≥ 50 years||Sigmoidoscopy (Colon Cancer)||3-10 years|
|≥ 50 years||Hemoccult (Colon Cancer)||Annual|
|35-65 years||Cholesterol||5 Years|
|≥ 65 years or with risk factors||Dexa (Bone Mineral Density)||Annual|
|14 years||Tetanus||Every 10 years|
|≥ 65 years||Pneumonia Vaccine||If chronic illness or over 65|
|≥ 50 years & all health care workers.||Flu (Influenza)||Every year, especially if ≥65 or at risk. CDC|
|Exposure or risk||Hepatitis B||Series of 3 shots at 0,2 and 6 months|
|Exposure or Travel||Hepatitis A||Series of 2 shots 6 months apart|
|Suceptable Adults||Chicken Pox (VZV)|
Download or View the complete adult immunization schedule and recommendations here.
A 94-page booklet introducing
parents to 12 childhood diseases and the vaccines that can protect
children from them.
There may vary by age, location etc. Consult the CDC travel web site
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