Health screenings on the go - Our Daily Green

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Health screenings on the go

Keeping up with your health is crucial at any age, but even more important at certain milestones. At 40, both men and women find it necessary to focus on certain health markers and ensure that they are at their peak. A health checklist will help you compare your health to standards for both men and women at 40.


Pap Smears and pelvic exams screen for cervical cancer and other reproductive disorders. It is important to have an annual exam with your doctor to ensure that there are no cancerous cells present in the body.

Starting at age 50, women are advised to undergo a colonoscopy in order to rule out colorectal cancer. This outpatient procedure is performed in-office and women are advised to undergo a colonoscopy every ten years.

At age 40, women are encouraged to have regular breast exams and mammograms. These exams check for the presence of cancerous breast tumors. Medical professionals have made attempts to make this screening more convenient by providing mobile mammography that brings the exam to you.

Blood cholesterol testing is recommended for everyone over age 20, but is especially critical for women over 40. This test will measure the levels of good (HDL) and bad (LDL)in the bloodstream and is critical in preventing heart disease.

Health Screenings for Men Over 40

Colon cancer screening is recommended for men over 50, but men with a family history are advised to get checked starting at age 40.

Doctors advise men to get prostate cancer screening starting at age 50, but African American men and men with a family history are advised to get screened as early as 45.

Men that have smoked 30 packs of cigarettes or more in one year are advised to get tested for lung cancer. Doctors recommend getting tested even if you have quit smoking within the last 15 years.

All men over the age of 34 should get regular cholesterol screenings to ensure heart health. Men who have been diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or kidney problems are advised that they should be tested at least once per year.

When it comes to keeping up with your health, there are many tests that doctors will perform to ensure that your body is at its peak. From mammograms to prostate screenings, it is vital to get the right tests to ensure that you will remain healthy throughout life.

Thank you to today's sponsor for reminding us that a key to a healthy life is early discovery of any potential problems. 

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