9 Must-Have Health Tests for Women
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Mammograms and Self Checks
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPTF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, used to recommend that women start getting annual mammograms at the age of 40. That number has recently been bumped up to 50 in an effort to avoid aggressive and unnecessary testing on benign cysts often found in younger, denser breast tissue.
Some doctors are still abiding by the old guidelines until more studies prove that upping the age of getting tested doesn't result in more fatalities. No matter what age you start getting tested, ACOG recommends giving yourself monthly self exams to look for any lumps or bumps that weren't previously there. Visit cancer.org for a detailed guide on how to do a self exam.
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