There are several health screenings women should get to ensure their optimal health.
Pap smears are an extremely effective method of screening for cervical cancer, and women are now recommended to begin getting them at the age of 21.
Beginning at age 30, women only need to get pap smears every five years as long as their test results come back normal and HPV negative.
Women are also at higher risk of developing osteoporosis, especially during and after menopause.
Therefore, it is recommended that women begin getting bone density screenings at the age of 65, as we are at higher risk of complications due to a bone fracture at age 75.
Certain women may need to begin getting bone density screenings earlier than 65, based on their menopausal status, changes in stature or history of bone trauma.
Also, with colorectal cancer being the third most common cancer in women, both women and men are recommended to begin getting colonoscopies at the age of 50.
Individuals should get colonoscopies every ten years, unless polyps are found, in which case they may need to get screened more frequently.
Most importantly, women need to establish a relationship with an OB/GYN they can trust and speak openly with about necessary health screenings and any changes they are experiencing within their bodies.
Our community is fortunate, as Cone Health has an exceptional network of OB/GYN specialists and women’s health experts that are dedicated to caring for and ensuring optimal health for their patients.
Dr. Tracy Lathrop is an obstetrics and gynecology specialist at Greensboro Women's Health Care and a member of the Cone Health Medical Group.
Dr. Lathrop received her Doctor of Medicine from State University of New York in Buffalo in 1993.
She completed a residency in internal medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at George Washington University.