This is Insider’s Health TV. I’m your host, Clint Winters.
Today’s video is just for the ladies, as we discuss the tests, examinations, and health screenings essential to a woman. As you age, your body becomes more susceptible to disease and the harmful conditions of our environment, so it’s important to schedule regular appointments with a physician. They can ensure you are up to date on your health to maintain quality, or to catch something in time before it’s too late. If you are 45 years of age, start getting your blood sugar tested, as high levels of insulin in your body can make you prone to skin cancer, pancreatic cancer, and urinary tract cancer. If you’re overweight, or have a history of diabetes in your family, consider a fasting glucose test every three years. America has been hit with near-epidemic levels of pre and type-2 diabetes, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you’re already visiting a dermatologist annually your body and skin, then excellent. If not, consider scheduling an appointment with one, as they are specialist who will examine you for any visible signs of skin cancer.
On top of that, make sure you’re giving yourself monthly examinations. Just stand, undressed, in front of a mirror with the lights on and scan for anything out of the ordinary. Whether it’s annual or biannual, Ladies, you really should be getting a pelvic exam from your Gynecologist. If you’re suffering from bloating, constant, uncontrollable urination, vaginal bleeding, spotting or pain, schedule an appointment ASAP! Don’t wait til your next appointment. Speaking of gynecologists, make sure your getting annual Pap smears and HPV tests before the age of thirty. More than 200,000 women die from cervical cancer annually, and these tests are meant detect it, before it’s too late. If you have three consecutive normal tests, you can probably scale back this visitation to once every two or three years. Now, I know this next one is a pain in the butt; however, a colonoscopy can save your life. You’re wondering two things. 1.) What’s a colonoscopy? 2.) How can it save my life? To answer the former, it is a screening for colon cancer, which affects 140,000 of Americans and kills over 50,000 annually. How it is done is a long, slender tube is inserted into your colon to find any abnormalities before they turn cancerous.
The benefit of this is identifying the cancer, colon cancer is very treatable, with a very high survival rate. Get it done every 10 years after you turn 50, but if there is a history of colon cancer in your family, consider getting it sooner and more often. The American Cancer Society advises that women should get a mammogram once a year, as these tests are used in the detection of breast cancer. Over 300,000 women will have been diagnosed with breast cancer by the end of the year, and 40,920 will die from it. If you are over 40 years of age, you might want to start getting examined. Especially if you have a history breast cancer or other forms of cancer.
Thank you for watching! Live happy, live healthy, live in the know.