The twenties is a very important time for women. This is also the time when women are evolving from the adolescent age to the adult age. This change is also associated with numerous changes in the body and hormones, making it essential for each woman to pay special attention to her body. Below are few screening recommendations that women should consider.
Body Mass Index– starting at the age of 18 years, all adults should be screened for obesity. If you are overweight, it is a significant risk factor for many health conditions, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. You should have your body mass index (BMI) and waist measurement every two years.
Blood Pressure Screening– You should have it checked at least once every two years, starting at age 20. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart diseases and stroke.
Cholesterol Check– one should have it checked every 5 years starting after 20 years of age. It is used to assess the risk of developing heart disease or stroke.
Pelvic Examination And Pap Smear– Pap smear is a quick and simple test used to screen women for cervical cancer. Pap smear screening is recommended starting around 21 years of age if you are sexually active and then every 3 years.
Breast Examination– Breast self-examination should be done every month to get familiar with the normal texture of your breasts.
Skin Examination– Melanoma is one of the common cancers among women. Fair-skinned women being at higher risk. Starting at the age of 20, one should start self-examination and look for any change or growth moles that are asymmetrical.
Dental Check– At least an annual dental checkup and cleaning should be done.
Eye Check —with increasing use of time span spent in front of screens like mobiles, laptop television most common problem in your twenties is eye strain which causes sore eyes and tension headaches. Thus even if you think you don’t have any problems you should get your eyesight tested.
Immunisation– You should discuss with your doctor regarding the HPV vaccine available for cervical cancer.
Vitamin D Deficiency-it is a very important vitamin for bone health, fertility, and immune system.It is difficult to get the desired amount in diet so levels should be tested.
STI Screening- if you are sexually active, you should be to be tested for STIs, especially Chlamydia and gonorrhea, which can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and even affect fertility in future.