9 Preventive health exams you can skip! – PART III
For many years women have been asked to go in for an Annual Pap Test to screen for cancer. However, the latest reports reveal that this is not really necessary for all women. Based on the age group and medical condition, the need for an Annual Pap Test may differ. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) currently has recommended that women between the ages of 21 and 29 need a Pap test only once every three years. The ACOG doesn't recommend testing for HPV for this group. At the same time, the ACOG recommends that women between the ages of 30 to 65 must have a Pap test and an HPV test performed every five years. One can also get a Pap test alone done every three years and the HPV exam once every five years.
Colonoscopies for those above 75
A study published in 2017 in the Annals of Internal Medicine states that a colonoscopy in those aged 75 and above may not bring any major benefits. Researchers studied over 1.3 million people before they drew their conclusions.
They realized that this test can sometimes do more harm than good in the elderly. The complications that could result are bleeding, perforation, anesthesia issues and hospitalization. Instead, when it comes to screening decisions for individuals aged 76 through 85, it should not be generalized and instead individualized based on life expectancy, patient preferences, health condition and previous screening history.
Vitamin D Blood Test
This is probably one of the most hyped tests. It may not change the course of any treatments that you are undergoing. All you need to maintain healthy levels of Vitamin D is to get a little more sun and eat more nutritious food.
Your health is in your hands! Stay aware about what you need to do to maintain optimum health but stay away from unwanted health exams.