Tuesday, May 12, 2015

National Women’s Health Week

By Paz Etcheverry

May 10 through May 16 is National Women’s Health Week, led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.

During this week, we celebrate and learn what can be done to lead a healthier life at any age. During this week, we remember that health is not just the absence of debilitating conditions and diseases, but instead a state of complete physical and mental well-being.

To achieve adequate physical and mental health, women should
  • Visit a doctor or nurse to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings
  • Get active
  • Eat healthy
  • Get plenty of sleep and manage stress
  • Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet

Preventive screenings include blood pressure tests starting at age 18; cervical cancer screenings (Pap smear) every three years beginning at age 21; cholesterol and lipid screenings for women 45 years of age or older or for women 2045 years of age who have risk factors; chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis tests for sexually active women ages 24 and under and for older women at risk; breast cancer screenings (mammograms) for women over the age of 50 (note: women between the ages of 40 and 50 should discuss it with their primary physician or OB/GYN); bone density assessments for women over the age of 65; colorectal cancer screenings beginning at age 50; and diabetes screenings for adults with sustained blood pressure higher than 135/80.

To learn more about which test is recommended for your age, please visit this link,



Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2015). National Women’s Health Week. Retrieved from http://womenshealth.gov/nwhw/about/


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