The What, Why, When and Where of Women’s Health Checkups

Women's health week

National Women’s Health Week May 14 – 20, 2017

With National Women’s Health Week here, it’s the perfect time to schedule a health checkup—even if you feel just fine. Why? Regular health exams and tests can help find problems early or even before they start, when your chances for treatment are better. The right health screenings, services and tests are an important step in living longer and healthier.

So what are the “right” women’s health screenings? A list from the Centers for Disease Control includes breast and cervical cancer early detection, cholesterol, oral health, colorectal cancer screening, high blood pressure, immunization schedules, skin cancer, HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis.

If you’re wondering where to go, your regular health care provider should be the first place to start. However, if you don’t have one, the CDC provides breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services to low-income, uninsured and under-insured women across the U.S. The Health & Human Resources Administration also offers online help to find affordable healthcare in your community.

This year is the 18th National Women’s Health Week. This effort has been happening every year since 1999 with the goal of empowering women to make health a priority and encourage taking steps towards better health. We hope these resources are helpful to you, and wish you the very best oral and overall health!

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