Health throughout the Decades

By Mindy Longhurst

Adult women over the age of 20 should get a well-woman visit annually. This check-up visit is crucial for her health and is a preventive tool. The Office of Women’s Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has created a list of health concerns and questions a female should ask her doctor throughout the decades. The list below only highlights a few items from each decade to focus on. For more detailed information about the list, please visit https://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw.

20s

  • Take 400-800 mg of folic acid daily (a B vitamin)
  • Talk to your doctor about protecting yourself from the sun and the hazards of tanning

30s

  • Talk to your doctor about birth control/having children
  • Talk to your doctor about your family’s health history (especially with cancers)

40s

  • Talk to your doctor about perimenopause symptoms
  • Ask if you need to be tested for diabetes
  • Ask to have a mammogram

50s

  • Talk to your doctor about menopause symptoms
  • If 55 or older ask about lung cancer

60s

  • If 65 or older ask if you need to be tested for osteoporosis
  • Ask if you need to be tested for colorectal cancer, pneumonia and shingles

70+

  • If 74 or younger ask to have a mammogram
  • Talk to your doctor about who to make health care decisions for me if I am unable to
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