Women need to keep themselves healthy. This is important because of the fact that the entire family usually depends on a woman. 70% of Indian women tend to ignore their signs and symptoms. Moreover in women who are suffering g from cancer, 75% of the times the cancer is detected in the final or last stages. The concept of early detection and timely treatment needs to be inculcated in all. Following are few of the tests that are recommended to women, above the age of 40:
All women shall have the mammography to screen for breast cancer. How often they seek treatment varies as per age. We recommend mammograms every alternate year for the women between 50 years & 74 years of age. Women below 50 years of age shall work with their doctors for determining the frequency of getting mammography done
Starting in the 40s for you, healthcare providers perform annual breast exams. They visually & manually check the breasts to identify any shape or size difference or any dimpling or rashes and lumps. They also check to identify if the nipples make fluid when they are squeezed gently. Women should be aware of the look 7 feel of their breasts and report any change to the physician.
Colon Cancer Screening
After 50, women shall start being screened for colon cancer as well. The tests would include:
An Annual Stool Test
Women may require screening more often if they are at a high risk of the colon cancer. They shall be screened for it till the age of 75 years.
As per estimates, around 3.3 million individuals in India are diagnosed to have skin cancer every year. To identify it early, women should check themselves monthly starting at the age of 18 years by looking for suspicious or new moles. Screenings by some medical professional are dependent on the risk factors of the patient. The risk factors may involve:-