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Women's Health - Lifetime Of Well-being

(NAPSI) - One of the best things you can do for yourself,  advises the Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention, is make an appointment with a doctor to  discuss what screenings and exams you need and when you need them.

For example, many doctors recommend that cervical cancer screening begin  at age 21.

And, if you’re at or near menopause, about 50 years of age, you  should ask about a bone density test. Strong, healthy bones help support an  active lifestyle.

You should have annual mammograms starting at 40, or sooner if your doctor  recommends it. Standard digital mammography is a good way to test for breast  cancer, but you may benefit from the latest  technology—3D mammography. 3D mammography helps the doctor see  through layers of breast tissue much more clearly, for a more accurate exam  and fewer false alarms.

At any age, you should tell your doctor about:

• Lumps or changes in your skin

• Pain, dizziness, fatigue, problems with urine or stool or  menstrual cycle

• Depression, anxiety, trauma, or sleeping problems.