Women’s Health Screenings at Lake Charles Memorial

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Protect your health and the years of life ahead of you by scheduling the regular screenings necessary to protect your wellbeing for the long term. Proper scheduling of health screenings such as mammograms at our Lake Charles hospital is important to ensure that you become aware of any potentially dangerous diseases before they begin to symptomize.

Examples of conditions that you should potentially be screened for include:

  • Breast cancer – Do you need a mammogram? Guidelines for mammograms have recently changed. Talk with your doctor to find the best choice for you.
  • Mental illness – Talk to your doctor about depression and other mental illness checks if you have been experiencing mood changes.
  • Obesity – Do you know your BMI? Talk with your doctor about your weight and associated risks.
  • Diabetes – If your blood pressure is above 135 / 80, you need to speak with your doctor about diabetes checks.
  • High cholesterol – High cholesterol is dangerous and can lead to serious complications including heart disease and stroke. Risk factors include smoking, obesity, and a family history of heart disease or blocked arteries.
  • Osteoporosis – Many women suffer from the bone condition known as osteoporosis. You should be screened at age 65, or earlier if you are at-risk.
  • Colorectal cancer – Men and women should be tested for colorectal cancer. Stool blood tests and colonoscopies are two was of screening for this disease.
  • Cervical cancer – Women who are sexually active should receive Pap smears once every 1 to 3 years until age 65.
  • HIV – You may be a candidate for HIV testing. Talk to your doctor about whether or not HIV screening is something you should consider. Factors include but are not limited to: Use of an unsterilized needle, unprotected sex with more than one partner, or a sexual partner with HIV.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) – It’s important to keep the dialogue open with your doctor. Share your concerns with your healthcare team and ask about STD testing.

Call Lake Charles Memorial today for more information.