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Preventive Health

When reaching your 30s, there are some additional screenings and medical exams you need to be having.  While for others, the frequency of when you need to have them done will change.

This is just a guideline of screenings and tests you may need at this point in your life.  Check with your doctor if you have any questions and to see what they recommend. 

  • Pap Test:  All women should be tested for cervical cancer every year.  At this point, if you have had three or more normal test results, speak with your doctor to see if you can start having the exam every two or three years instead.
  • Clinical Beast Exam:  A self breast exam once in a month is very important to a woman's health, but a clinical breast exam is also important.  It is recommended to have a clinical breast exam every three years.
  • Blood Pressure:  Your blood pressure should be checked for high blood pressure every one to two years.
  • Cholesterol:  Testing for cholesterol should be done every five years unless you have a family history that would put you at risk for high cholesterol.  Talk with your doctor about good and bad cholesterol and ask how often they recommend you be tested.
  • Thyroid Test:  Talk to your doctor about when you should have a thyroid screening.  They will determine if you should go in for a screening or wait based on your family medical history.
  • Dental Exam:  Your oral health is just as important.  Visit the dentist regularly and scheduling regular checkups every six months.
  • Complete Eye Exam:  You should receive a complete eye exam two times while you are in your 30s.  If you have a history of eye problems, speak with your eye care specialist on how often you need an exam.

Immunizations:

  • Tetanus:  You should receive a tetanus booster every 10 years.
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