Women who are caregivers often put the health of others before their own health. “I see this trend in women of all ages. When a female caregiver becomes ill, she may care for others while attempting to see to her own illness, possibly causing her to wait too long to seek treatment. It’s crucial that women realize the importance of protecting their own health”, says Gail Rowell, BSN/RN, director of Madera Community Hospital Home Health.
If detected early, the chance for a good outcome from many illnesses increases significantly. Young women can begin forming good preventative health habits by having an annual physical exam. If you are middle aged or older, it is not too late to begin preventative habits. At times, it appears that caregivers have too much focus on illness treatment rather than on wellness and prevention, which leads to people having problems that could be avoided.
“The following information will help you learn what test or screenings you need and when to have them,” said Karen Paolinelli, NPA, Madera Community Hospital Family Health Service clinic director.
Experts agree that the guidelines below should prompt discussion with your doctor and are important tools to help you take control over your health...