What Women In Their Teens And 20s Need To Know (2nd Week Programs)

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1) Skin Exam

Have a doctor examine your skin for irregularmoles or skin color. Your doctor may suggest you see a dermatologist if he finds anything suspicious. The American Cancer Society recommends an exam once every three years between the ages of 20 and 40. Call 800-ACS-2345 to learn more about skin cancer.

2) Cholesterol Test

You might not be thinking about cholesterol yet, but high levels of cholesterol increase your risk of heart disease, so find out what your level is now. The National Cholesterol Education Program, run by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI); recommends testing once every five years for people 20 years of age and older . Your primary care doctor will take a blood sample for analysis and may suggest a low-fat diet and exercise if your cholesterol level is too high.

3) Blood Pressure Test

This is as quick and easy as a test gets: your blood pressure should be checked every time you go to the doctor, without your even having to ask. Your blood pressure should be below 140/90. Make sure you are tested annually if you’re African-American, are overweight or have a family history of high blood pressure. The American Heart Association recommends that everyone have a blood pressure test once every two years.

4) Testing For STD’s

Ask your physician about being tested for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as well as other common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea and hepatitis B. Be aware, however, that the results of the HIV test will go on your medical records permanently if it is not done anonymously; the outcome of this test could affect your ability to obtain insurance coverage later on. To find anonymous testing sites for HIV, call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National HIV and AIDS Hotline at 800-342-2437. There’s also a hotline specifically for other STDs: the National STD Hotline at 800-227-8922.

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