Health Screenings for Women Over 50
It’s important for women over the age of 50 to get regular health screenings to rule out potential health problems. The most common health screenings for women over the age of 50 include:
Breast Cancer Screening
Did you know that one in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives? Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women, and the earlier it is detected, the better the chances of successful treatment. A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast that is used to identify tumors that are too small to feel. It can detect up to 90 percent of all breast cancers. Regular mammograms are recommended for women over the age of 40.
Colon Cancer Screening
Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer in women. It is also one of the most preventable types of cancer, yet it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. A colonoscopy is a test that can detect precancerous growths in the colon, which can then be removed before they turn into cancer. This test is recommended for women over the age of 50.
Heart Disease Screening
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States, accounting for one in four deaths each year. Sadly, women are more likely than men to experience heart attacks at a younger age. And when they do have a heart attack, their symptoms may be different from those experienced by men. Routine screening for high cholesterol and high blood pressure can help doctors identify women who might be at risk of suffering a heart attack.
Osteoporosis is a common problem in women, especially after menopause. The condition leads to thinning of the bones and makes them fragile and more likely to break. Osteoporosis can cause pain and disability, and can even lead to death. Screening for osteoporosis involves a bone density test. This test uses X-rays to measure the density of the bones. A bone density test is painless and only takes a few minutes to perform.
Getting these screenings regularly can help catch potential health problems early when they’re more likely to be treatable. So if you’re a woman over the age of 50, be sure to schedule regular screenings with your doctor.
Schedule Your Health Screening Today
If your doctor orders any type of screening test or procedure, call ImageCare Radiology. We are here to help you get the tests you need to identify and treat any illness or medical condition. With offices all throughout the state of New Jersey, we are here whenever you need us most. Give us a call today at 973-871-3333 to schedule an appointment, or complete our convenient online appointment request form.