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5 health tests for women at every stage of life

March is Women’s Health Month
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Posted at 7:55 PM, Mar 27, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-28 00:17:43-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — March is Women’s Health Month. Tackling your long-term health through prevention is really the best prescription. We talked to physicians from Pembroke Pines to Port St. Lucie and compiled a comprehensive list of health checks for women at every age and stage of life.

Dr. Christopher Chang with Joe DiMaggio Hospital in Pembroke Pines is one of the preeminent physicians in allergy and immunology in the country. He said sometimes you have to go beyond the checklist.

“If you present with symptoms of recurrent infections, for example, pneumonia, skin abscesses or meningitis or you know, we get cold viruses or if you have unusual infections, then these are indications that there may be something more going on,” Chang said.

Chang recommends, when faced with chronic symptoms, further testing or referrals to a specialist is in order.

These are the five tests recommended:

Ages 18-39

  • Cervical cancer screening
  • PAP and HPV testing
  • Screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia
  • Screening for contraception or contraception counseling
  • Recommended immunizations

Ages 40-65

  • Breast cancer screening
  • Colorectal cancer screening
  • Glaucoma screening
  • Melanoma screening
  • Lung cancer screening
  • Osteoporosis screening

Over 65

  • Fall risk assessment and fall prevention
  • Hearing screening
  • Osteoporosis screening
  • Memory loss
  • Elder abuse/neglect