Why You Should Be Tested

Logan Mowrey

Facts that will make you want to get screened for a disease.

1) You are more likely to prevent the disease the earlier you detect it.

2) There are specific ages at which you should be tested (generally middle aged people).

3) You can only get a certain disease if you are a certain gender.

What to get tested for...

There are plenty of diseases that you should be tested for, depending on your gender and age.

Women:

Mammogram: For women, a mammogram is needed every two years between the ages of 50 and 74.

Pap smear: Women should begin screening within three years of starting sexual activity or age 21.

Cholesterol test: Women should begin regular cholesterol checks at age 45.\

Breast exam: At each physical, a breast exam can be used to check for abnormal lumps or signs of breast cancer.

Pelvic exam: While taking a sample for a Pap smear, the doctor may also perform a full pelvic exam. This includes examining the vagina, cervix, and vulva for signs of a sexually transmitted infection or other conditions.


Men:

Cholesterol test: Men are advised to begin regular cholesterol checks at age 35 and continue to have one every five years.

Prostate cancer screening: Men may need prostate-specific antigen tests or digital rectal examinations.

Testicular exam: A doctor may wish to check each testicle for signs of a problem, including lumps, changes in size, and tenderness.