Check It Out — National Women’s Checkup Day

Monday, May 11, 2009 17:42 | Filled in Announcements, Personal Responsibility

I just returned from seeing my doctor for an annual physical. When I made my appointment several months ago I didn’t realize that today is the 7th annual National Women’s Checkup Day, the kick-off to National Women’s Health Week (http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw) , an observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health to empower women to make their health a top priority.

To get the health care you deserve, I encourage my readers (women AND men) to schedule a check-up. Too many people in my life have had mysterious symptoms they ignored too long before seeing a doctor, only to be diagnosed late in the course of a disease. These diseases include diabetes (friends and cousins) and cancer (3 of my grandparents, my father, cousins, cousins-in-law, and friends). Getting diagnosed early means you can get treated early.

In support of National Women’s Checkup Day, I encourage you to:
• Learn what a check-up should include using the interactive health screening tool on www.womenshealth.gov.
• Schedule an appointment for at least one recommended screening test or vaccine to take place within the next 90 days.

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1 Comment to Check It Out — National Women’s Checkup Day

  1. Karen says:

    May 13th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    We just joined Kaiser this year and I was surprised when I asked how often I should go in for physical exams (which I have had regularly for years).

    My doctor said they DO NOT encourage annual or semi-annual physicals because they have not proven effective!

    What they do, however, is put you on a schedule to have regular scans and tests on an age-related schedule. So you get annual mammograms after a certain age, pap smears every 2-3 years, colonoscopy, etc.

    It’s a different approach to health care, that’s for sure.

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