Women—do you know the best ways to stay healthy? You probably know some of them, like eating healthy foods, getting lots of exercise, and not smoking. But do you know which of nine important medical tests you need? Should you take medicines to prevent disease?
Doctor Carolyn Clancy, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, recommends that when you go for your next checkup, you talk with your doctor or nurse about how you can stay healthy.
WE KNOW THAT SOME MEDICAL TESTS ARE IMPORTANT IF YOU ARE A CERTAIN AGE OR IF YOU HAVE A FAMILY HISTORY OF AN ILLNESS. BUT UNLESS YOU TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR OR NURSE ABOUT WHICH MEDICAL TESTS ARE BEST FOR YOU, YOU MAY HAVE TESTS THAT YOU DON'T NEED, OR THINK THAT YOU DON'T NEED ANY TESTS WHEN YOU DO.
Dr. Clancy also recommends you talk with your doctor about taking medicines, like aspirin, to prevent disease, and making sure you are up-to-date with your immunizations. To get your free copy of Women's Checklist for Your Next Checkup, call 1-800-3-5-8-9-2-9-5. That's 1-800-3-5-8-9-2-9-5. This is Peter Gil reporting.
Audio News Release Transcript: Woman's Checklist. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/womcheck.htm