By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com contributing editor
Women tend to take care of everyone else in their lives, at the expense of their own health. Oftentimes we don’t maintain doctor visits for ourselves; we forget to exercise and to eat nutritiously. We allow ourselves to become drained.
“Routine tests are our best defense for early diagnosis of disease and in turn, higher successful treatment rates if something is detected. Women need to make their health a priority. Testing is an important piece of the health care puzzle – especially since diagnostic test results influence as much as 70 percent of healthcare decision-making,” Dr. Agim Beshiri, M.D., Medical Director at Abbott. (abbott.com)
But how do you know what tests you really need, and which you can skip? Dr. Angela DeRosa, president and chief managing officer of DeRosa Medical, P.C. (derosamedical.com) says, “Preventative health screenings are crucial but often confusing for my female patients.”
Every woman is different. So discuss with your doctor what tests, in addition to the standard ones, are appropriate tests are for you to undergo, based on family history, lifestyle and other factors. However, both doctors recommend that every woman have the following tests.