If you’re hitting the half-century mark this year, happy birthday! When you’re done celebrating, consider scheduling a colonoscopy. The big 5-0 marks the start of hormonal shifts and other changes that may increase your risk of disease, says Thomas Bartlett, MD, an internal medicine physician with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. “It’s important to see your doctor every year after 50 to review necessary screenings for your particular risk factors.”
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Make these tests part of your new routine: ✓ Colorectal cancer screening: Every decade ✓ Hearing test: Every three years ✓ Pap smear: Every three years ✓ Cholesterol and diabetes checks: Annually (an advanced lipid profile may be necessary if at risk of heart disease) ✓ Screening mammogram: Annually* ✓ Osteoporosis: Baseline screening when you hit menopause In addition, if you are beginning a new relationship, you should talk to your doctor about screening for sexually transmitted diseases. “We don’t tend to think about this once we’re out of our 20s, but it’s worthy of a discussion with your doctor,” Bartlett says. *The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends biennial mammograms.
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Symptoms of menopause can greatly diminish your quality of life, but the treatment options are sometimes controversial. Is hormone therapy safe? What are the risks of using bioidentical hormones? In this program, our experts will discuss the latest research into hormone supplements and help you understand how to weigh the risks and benefits based on your individual health profile.
Date: Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 Time: 6-8 p.m. Location: Julie Penrose Health Education and Research Center (Northcare Building on the St. Francis Medical Center campus) 6071 E. Woodmen Road Cost: FREE For more information and to register, call 719-776-5052. SaveThe Date! Join us on Nov. 15 at our next Conversations With Women to learn how aging impacts your body, brain and beauty — and what you can do about it!
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Published on Jun 30, 2011
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