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Published on May 14, 2019

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Women's screenings: Take control of your health

Gundersen Health System recommends specific health screenings for all women to best manage your health and well-being.

"It's so important to stay up-to-date on your annual health visits even when you don't have symptoms," says Natasha Minnaert, DO, Gundersen Tri-County Whitehall Clinic. "We have the ability to detect warning signs of serious illness long before you get symptoms. That's the best time to act – when you're feeling your best."

All women should have a wellness exam every one to three years to keep them on track for good health. During those exams, your medical provider will talk about these screenings and when they should be performed based on your personal medical history:

  • Diabetes (starting at age 18)
  • Blood pressure (starting at age 18)
  • Chlamydia (starting at age 18-25)
  • Depression/anxiety (starting at age 18)
  • Cholesterol (starting at age 20)
  • Pap smear (cervical cancer screening) (starting at age 21)
  • Mammogram (starting at age 40)
  • Colonoscopy (starting at age 50)
  • Hepatitis C (born between 1945-1965)
  • Bone density (starting at age 65)

Your age, family medical history and body mass index (BMI – your height and weight ratio) are also important factors to consider for health screenings. Talk to your provider about tailoring screenings to fit your health profile.

Want more information?

Want more information? Visit gundersenhealth.org/screenings to read about preventive care screenings for all ages or call your Gundersen provider.

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