Five tests every woman should have
- Get a yearly blood pressure screening. If you have a history of high blood pressure, check it more often.
- Get a routine cholesterol and triglyceride test to screen for problems that affect the way cholesterol is produced, used, carried in the blood or disposed of by the body.
- Women who are sexually active or over the age of 18 should get a regular Pap smear to test for infections, abnormal cervical cells and the earliest signs of cervical cancer.
- Practice breast self-exams, and get regular clinical breast exams and mammograms to detect breast cancer in the early stages.
- Be aware of your own skin and get a regular check-up at a dermatologist for any moles with asymmetry, border irregularity, color variation, a diameter larger than a pencil eraser or that change over time.
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