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The 20s and 30s
3 Cervical cancer. Ideally, women
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every single day,
not just when you're
going to the beach.
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should have had the HPV vaccine as
girls, but young women who are not
yet sexually active may want to get the
vaccine to help prevent HPV infection
and cervical cancer.
An annual Pap exam used to be recommended, but that's no longer the case.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
now says women at normal risk should
have a Pap exam at age 21 with a repeat
test every three years, or beginning at
age 30, women can have a Pap test along
with an HPV test every five years.
3 Infectious diseases. Women should
have a tetanus booster every 10 years.
"That's a big one, especially for people
who travel," says Lynne M. Lillie, MD,
a family physician and a member of
the board of directors of the American
Academy of Family Physicians. Collegeage women, especially those living in
dorms, should have the meningitis vaccine. You should check your records
to see whether you've been vaccinated
against hepatitis A and B, particularly if
you travel a lot or are exposed to blood
or bodily fluids in your line of work. And
everyone should get a flu shot every year.
3 Sexually transmitted diseases.
You should be screened for gonorrhea,
chlamydia and HIV regularly once
you're sexually active, depending
on your risk factors.
3 Skin cancer. While there are no
specific screening recommendations,
Lillie points out that skin cancer is one
of the fastest-growing cancers in the
United States. "I do think it's important
for women to be paying attention to
their skin, watching for changing lesions
or moles and seeing their family physician once a year or as needed," she says.
SUMME R 2017