From puberty to menopause, women experience changes physically, emotionally, and mentally. This is why it’s so important to have a women’s health provider who you can trust to provide the healthcare you need throughout your lifetime.
Screenings You Need
Throughout a woman’s life, she should have the following tests done to ensure she stays in good health and potential health concerns are caught early and mitigated. When you choose one of our women’s health providers from Santiam Hospital & clinics, you can rest assured that your health is in the best hands.
Pelvic Exam & Pap Smear: Regardless of sexual history, every woman 21 and older should have a Pap smear every 3 years. This test checks for signs of cervical cancer.
Screenings for Breast Cancer: Screenings for breast cancer include physical exams as well as mammograms. If you have a family history of breast cancer, your provider may recommend more frequent exams/mammograms to catch potential cancer early.
Physical Exams: During your physical exams, your provider and their team will record your height, weight, blood pressure, BMI, and ask about the following in your life:
- alcohol and drug use
- diet and exercise
- vaccination history
- intimate partner violence
Cholesterol Tests: Heart risks increase after age 45. The American Heart Association recommends that women get their cholesterol checked every four to six years.
Blood Pressure Screenings: High blood pressure can cause severe health issues. It’s important to get your blood pressure checked and learn how to manage your blood pressure if you’re diagnosed with high blood pressure. This could be a combination of lifestyle changes and medication. Your provider will be able to recommend the best treatment plan for you.
Skin Checks: According to the American Cancer Society, about 3.3 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer per year. To catch skin cancer early, make sure to be performing self-checks monthly and keep an eye out for any changes in moles/freckles. Screenings done by professionals will be recommended based on your risk factors such as a family history of skin cancer or prolonged exposure to the sun throughout your life.
Colon Cancer Screening: Once you turn 50, you should start being screened for colon cancer. You may need more frequent screenings for this if you have a family history of this kind of cancer.
Advocates For Your Health
Our experienced women’s health providers are advocates for your health. You’ll find that when you choose any of our compassionate providers, you’ll receive the quality of healthcare and medical guidance you deserve. We’re here to provide the care you need, close to home.
To schedule an appointment with one of the providers at Santiam Women’s Clinic, give us a call at 503-769-9522.