As you move into your 50s, regular preventive health checks become even more important. In addition to the regular checks, you were getting in previous years i.e. eye checks, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose levels, Pap tests, dental checks, skin cancer checks and healthy weight assessments. Some additional health checks at this stage of life include:
BREAST CHECK & MAMMOGRAM: It’s important to get to know your breasts so that you can notice changes more easily. Things to look for include changes in the size or shape of the breast or nipple, changes in the skin over the breast such as redness or dimpling, lumps or lumpiness. It is usually recommended you have Regular self-checks and a mammogram every two years — or more frequently if there are some predisposed factors
BONE DENSITY SCAN: A bone density scan checks the bone mineral density of multiple bones in the body. The most accurate and useful test is a type of X-ray known as a DXA (“dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry” or DEXA) scan. The test is painless and involves a very low dose of radiation. Women over 45 can ask their doctor to assess their risk factors for osteoporosis (a health condition where your bones become brittle due to mineral loss. This means you are more likely to break or fracture your bones.). Your doctor may refer you for a bone density scan if required. The scan is usually only recommended for women over 65 or women with a BMI of less than 20 but some women may have a scan at a younger age if you have an increased risk of developing osteoporosis as a result of the following factors; previous fractures, family history, side effects from using certain medications, or have certain medical conditions.