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HEALTHWATCH: Simple screening can spot certain illnesses as we age

Updated: Wednesday, November 13 2013, 07:16 PM CST
A simple screening can show early signs of abnormalities in your body.
Once you hit a certain age all woman should have *routine check-ups and test.

Early detection is the key.
Mammograms, pap test , Diabetes, and osteoporosis test can reveal many hidden dangers.

"It's no secret early detection can save lives but what age should woman start having screening's performed?"
   
Sacred Heart Hospital Gynecologist Doctor Jairan Duke says certain screenings should be scheduled yearly like mammograms.
   
Age 40 is recommended for mammograms, but if there is a family history they should be scheduled sooner.

Women should also perform self exams.
Dr. Jairan Duke  "One in nine woman will have breast cancer during their life and early detection definitely impacts the outcome treatment with breast cancer.   

The survival rates for early breast cancer are fantastic."
In the past five years guidelines for pap smears have been changed.

 It's recommended women should start having the test performed at 21.  Regardless when they become sexually active.
   
The test could help detect early stages of cervical cancer.
It does *not screen ovarian, uterine, vaginal. Or vulvar cancers. 

Pap test are different from the human papillomavirus screening...
You should talk to your physician about having that test performed.

"Every pelvic exam is not a pap smear, so it's important that you've had the scientology or actual pap smear collected to know that. that was done and that the cells on your cervix is normal."

Diabetes is another concern for both men and women. Frequent urination and insatiable thirst are signs.
   
But women have other symptoms.
"Reoccurring yeast infection and reoccurring bladder infection can also be an indicator that you need to be tested for diabetes."
   
Blood test can be performed to diagnose a patient...
The best way to prevent diabetes is maintaining a healthy life style.

"Daily activities 30 minutes of mild to moderate intensity exercise for at least 30 minutes a day six days a week is the current recommendation."
   
Once women begin menopause osteoporosis can become a concern.
Its a condition where the bones become significantly weaker.

And can be  more common in fair skinned women.
Doctors recommend one thousand milligrams a day and four hundred to eight hundred international units of vitamin d.

"The classic signs of  Osteoporosis are the dowager  hump where the shoulders are hunched forward and there is a roll in the upper part of the back, but a lot of woman will notice a loss in height before they ever develop the severe osteoporosis where they develop a hump on their back."
   
"Doctor Duke says each person is different and you should discuss these screenings with your physician.
   
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