It is National Women’s Health Week. The goal this week is to promote healthy living for women. We encourage women to seek preventative care with an Alpharetta women’s health doctor. Every year, women should have pelvic and breast exams. Women ages 21 to 65 should start seeing an OB/GYN and start getting regular pap smears. Depending on your pap smear history, you and your provider will determine the frequency. Women age 40 and older should get regular mammograms. At age 50, women should start getting colonoscopies. It is important to discuss symptoms and concerns with your healthcare provider such as menstrual irregularities and family history of breast, ovarian, and colon cancer. This week is also the 20th anniversary of National Women’s Health Week, reminding women to continue to live a healthier lifestyle and to take preventative measures to take care of themselves.
Women also should establish care with an internist or primary care provider. The number one killer of women is heart disease. It is important to discuss your risks and the frequency of screening with your provider.
We encourage women to get 30 minutes of exercise daily, eat a healthy diet, avoid smoking and limit alcohol intake.
For more information, please visit https://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/about